Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru, 2005

  Jean-Pierre Mathieu (Christophe Roumier)

Charmes Chambertin, Grand Cru

'An elegant, pure and high-toned nose of mostly very ripe red pinot fruit, cassis, violet and plum combines with big-bodied flavors that offer good richness and detail on the precise finish. The Mazoyères rusticity does surface a bit on the backend but overall, this is more a wine of finesse than real power and I particularly like the underlying sense of power. 92/100'.- Allen Meadows,

Contains Sulphites.

About Jean-Pierre Mathieu (Christophe Roumier)

' 1984, a French merchant in Lausanne, Jean-Pierre Mathieu, bought a small section (0.27 ha) of Mazoyères-Chambertin. This... is rented en metayage to Christophe Roumier. The financial arrangements are a little different here [to the agreement with Michel Bonnefond in Ruchottes-Chambertin], and Roumier only gets half of the crop, which, like most Mazoyères, is labelled as Charmes, a name easier to pronounce and sell'. - Clive Coates MW. The other half is labelled as Jean-Pierre Mathieu although the vines are tended by Roumier and the vinification and elevage are exactly the same as the Roumier bottling.

Appellation: Charmes Chambertin

A vineyard that predominantly lies below Chambertin, also encompassing the Mazoyères-Chamertin (which is below Latricières), next door to Morey-St-Denis. At 31.6 ha it is Gevrey-Chambertin's biggest Grand Cru and, as is the case with Clos de Vougeot and Échezeaux, this size and the fact that part of the vineyard goes as far down the slope as the low-lying route national, can mean variable quality. When its good, though, its very good. At best it should be the most feminine, fragrant and fruity of the Gevrey Grands Crus, with a soft, supple, tannic structure but sufficient intensity and length of flavour.