Domaine Taupenot-Merme Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2012 750ml
Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France
AG95 Burg 93 JR18 WS92
Antonio Galloni 95
Another highlight in this range, 2012 Charmes-Chambertin is beautifully lifted and savory. Crushed flowers, sweet red berries, anise and cinnamon waft from the glass effortlessly. The 2012 is sexy, racy and impeccably polished from start to finish. The tannins are a bit firm today, but there is more than enough depth in the fruit to provide balance. All the 2012 needs is time.
This initially opened with a mild touch of reduction though aggressive swirling eventually liberates an elegant and refined mélange of plum, red currant, warm earth and discreet spice hints that include a touch of sandalwood. Here too the tannins support the middle weight plus flavors that are dense but notably fine-grained and I very much like the sense of energy to the supple mouth feel. This balanced effort is sufficiently supple to be enjoyable young yet it seems clear that this should reward longer-term cellaring.
Jancis Robinson 18
Four barrels rather than the usual six and a half. Bright crimson. Very bright and fresh. Great interest and freshness. Real lift on the finish. Great sweetness of fruit but very far from sickly. Attractive lightly bitter kick on the end. Real energy here.