2002 Frederic Magnien Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Enthralling aromas of red cherries, spices, and flowers are found in the nose of the 2002 Charmes-Chambertin. This sweet, deep wine of great breadth offers candied red and black fruits, freshly cracked black pepper, and spices in its pure, medium-bodied, and lengthy personality. Concentrated, seamless, and hedonistic, this is a top-flight wine for drinking over the next 12 years. (PR)
(a blend of Charmes and Mazoyères): Bright dark red, showing little sign of evolution at the rim. Aromas of youthful purple fruits with a sauvage leathery quality (serve this with hare with foie gras, suggests Fred Magnien). Penetrating, slightly funky flavors of blackberry, black cherry and game are lifted by a violet topnote. Young and full of energy despite carrying a relatively high pH. Finishes very long, with sweet tannins. This wine was quite reduced and austere in the early going, noted Magnien; today it's sexy and wild, and has the vivacity to support another decade-plus of aging. Incidentally, Magnien used very low levels of sulfur back in 2002 ("my philosophy then was not politically correct"). (ST)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Remarkably open and approachable for young Charmes with sweet fruit notes of cherry and blackberry followed by classy, delicious, forward yet authoritive flavors underpinned by buried tannins that are revealed only on the long, intense, concentrated finish. Stylish, sweet and very pretty.