Christophe Perrot-Minot has a stunning parcel of old vines in the prime Haut part of Charmes, opposite Chambertin. This is characteristically elegant, perfumed and has a deceptive intensity, masked by a supreme elegance and lightness of touch. Floral notes of red cherries, alpine strawberry, loganberry and cherry stone; ripe but brilliantly tense. Superb!
After practising the profession of wine broker for seven years, Christophe Perrot-Minot took over his parent’s estate in 1993. As well as providing renewed vigour and a perfectionist’s approach to the winemaking, Christophe also succeeded in expanding the Domaine substantially by buying out the famous Pernin-Rossin estate in Vosne-Romanée, starting with the 2000 vintage. The viticulture is respectful to nature and terroir - no chemical fertiliser or herbicides are used. Low yields and Christophe’s eye for detail are fundamental to the great quality of the wines, in addition to the Domaine’s impressive army of old vines ranging from 40 to 100 years old. Everything is hand-picked, vine leaves and canopies are thinned during the season and sorting / grapes selections are rigorous. The grapes are , for the most part, de- stalked and after fermentation are aged in a maximum of 30-40% new oak. The wines are incredibly ripe, refined and concentrated, yet despite their almost modern intensity and polish they allow the nuances and character of terroir to come through strongly. A stellar Domaine.
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.