2007 Domaine Joseph Drouhin Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

SKU #1269511 94 points Wine Spectator

 An elegant, soft-spoken style, sporting floral, spice, strawberry and raspberry aromas and flavors. Pure and vibrant, just needs a little time to integrate its fruit and oak. This has a lovely sweet fruit aftertaste. Best from 2012 through 2025.  (4/2010)

91 points Wine & Spirits

 A finely made 2007, this manages the challenges of the vintage by focusing on clean fruit, and accompanies it with the lovely richness Charmes can provide. The aroma is more austere, with the scent of cranberries and cherry tomatoes, but the fruit gains presence on the palate, sweetening to cherries with complex earthy notes in the background. Decant this after several years of age, to serve with roast duck.  (4/2010)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A wonderfully elegant nose, indeed this possesses the most elegant nose to this point with a ripe red berry fruit with hints of underbrush, sour cherry, anise, earth and jerky, several of which are picked up by the relatively fine and actually quite suave medium plus weight flavors that are underpinned by remarkably fine tannins and a touch of minerality on the tangy and long finish. If there is a nit, it's that despite all the refinement of expression, there is presently limited depth though if that improves during the next 8 to 10 years, my score will seem unduly severe.  (4/2009)

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