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2016 Domaine Denis Bachelet Grand Cru Charmes Chambertin Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1408495 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark There are six barrels of the 2016 Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Grand Cru this year since the grand cru was touched by the frost, albeit to a lesser degree than in Chambertin. It has a very pure and complex bouquet, with scents of black cherry and wild strawberry, cold wet slate, something almost like wild moorland. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, perfectly judged acidity, almost gentle on the entry and then nonchalantly fanning out as it goes along. There is absolutely nothing grandiose about this Charmes-Chambertin, but the finesse and the poise, not least the extraordinarily long aftertaste is something to behold. Nobody makes Charmes-Chambertin like Denis Bachelet. (NM) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

97 points John Gilman

Outer quote mark While much of the lineup chez Bachelet is noteworthy for its early expressiveness in this vintage, this is not the case with the 2016 Charmes-Chambertin, which is still quite primary on both the nose and palate. But, with time, this is going to be a stellar wine, as the bouquet offers up a deep, vibrant and potentially sappy blend of black raspberries, black cherries, grilled meats, a very complex base of soil tones, raw cocoa, woodsmoke, espresso and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid to its sappy core, with ripe, suave tannins, great focus and grip and a long, potentially voluptuous finish. This wine has outstanding depth, but is so light on its feet out of the blocks that it is easy to imagine just how brilliant it is going to be when it is truly ready for primetime drinking! My gut feeling that this great vintage of Charmes will give the 2015 version all it can handle for the next thirty years, and my instinct suggests that stylistically, I will always have a slight preference for this stunning 2016! (Drink between 2026-2085) Inner quote mark (12/2017)

93-96 points Vinous

Outer quote mark (aging in 50% new oak; this fruit was picked at 12.2% potential alcohol and chaptalized to 13.2%): Deep red with ruby tones. Brooding aromas of black cherry, flowers and licorice complicated by a sexy animal nuance. Very concentrated, utterly seamless Charmes with complex soil tones to go along with its flavors of dark fruits, licorice and flowers. A wonderfully mouthfilling wine without any impression of weight. Finishes with aristocratic tannins and explosive rising floral length. This has all of the elements to make a great bottle, possibly among the best Charmes-Chambertins of Bachelet's career (his first vinification was in 1983).(ST) Inner quote mark (1/2018)

95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark The lone grand cru in the Bachelet cellar, which hails from vines planted before 1920, is extraordinary in 2016, offering up a brooding nose of black cherry, blueberry, coniferous forest floor, rich soil and a framing of well-integrated new oak. On the palate, the wine is ample, full-bodied and very elegant, with a lovely core of cool fruit; a layered, multidimensional texture; and a long, scintillating finish. Pure and delightfully transparent. Drinking Window 2026 - 2050. (WK) Inner quote mark (10/2017)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark An elegant, pure and perfumed nose offers up plenty of spice and discreet floral nuances on the mix of both red and dark berry fruit scents. Consistent with the nose there is a lovely inner mouth perfume to the impressively rich and concentrated middle weight plus flavors that possess outstanding complexity on the mouth coating finish that goes on and on. While there is a hint of backend warmth it's not really enough to materially impair the overall sense of balance. This is first-rate. Inner quote mark (1/2018)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark Serious stuff. Layers and depth. Extremely rich and concentrated but still with a sweet liqueur sort of depth. Rich and one of his best Charmes. Fabulous roundness and layers and length. Clean and long. Lots of sweet charm but still very refreshing. 18.5/20 points. (JR) Inner quote mark (11/2017)


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