A heavily toasted nose with spice, wood and tar nuances frames ripe but fresh black pinot fruit and cassis aromas that also display an extraordinary panoply of secondary nuances, including earth, underbrush, leather, soy and spice. The powerful, rich and utterly delicious big-bodied and very concentrated flavors coat and stain the palate and completely buffer the now softening tannic spine on the superbly long finish. In short, this is flat out incredible juice and while it's clearly quite oaky, the wood somehow works quite well with the wine even though it's far from invisible. As to drinkability, I would probably opt to hold the '02 Charmes for a few more years but it could easily be drunk now with pleasure.
Author: Allen Meadows
International Wine Cellar | Rating: 95
($169) Dee p ruby-red. Knockout nose combines dark berries, rose petal, iron, flint, leather, smoke and minerals. Dense, broad and deep, with an almost confectionery sweetness. Wonderfully ripe and concentrated yet light on its feet, with superb definition of flavor. Extremely long and soil-inflected, with the wine's substantial but noble tannins thoroughly buffered by echoing fruit. Another great vintage for this wine, which is frequently Chambertin-like in a way that too few Chambertins are. I'd lay this down for a good decade.
Author: Stephen Tanzer
Issue: March/April 2005
Tasted at the Denis Bachelet dinner at Quality Chop House. Such a shame -- this 2002 Charmes-Chambertin Tres Vieilles Vignes from Joseph Roty looked |a stunner,| but alas, there was a touch of TCA that reared its ugly head. You could still detect a nicely defined minty bouquet and poised, tensile palate, but I will have to await an untainted bottle to come my way.
Author: Neal Martin
Full dark red with no amber. Knockout nose combines raspberry, olive tapenade, dried flowers, baked bread and truffley underbrush, showing surprising energy and lift. Combines outstanding complexity with Chambertin-like finesse of texture and superb volume without any heaviness. Sweet, sexy black raspberry and underbrush flavors carry impressively on the back end, with powerful ripe tannins spreading out to saturate the palate. There's no hurry to drink this beauty. - Stephen Tanzer