Geantet Pansiot-Charmes Chambertin-Grand Cru 2014 (AM94)
Note: from 50+ year old vines that abut Griotte Producer note: Vincent Geantet, who is now comfortably ensconced in his new digs on the outskirts of Gevrey, described 2014 in the same way he did 2013 which is to say a very good if not genuinely great vintage. We waited quite late to pick and didn't start until the 21st of September. We were able to wait because the conditions were clement and we weren't troubled by any disease pressure or the Suzukii flies. Because there was a good and even flowering and there wasn't much in the way of sorting losses either, yields were reasonable though by no means high. Maturities were quite good exactly because we waited so long to begin picking as potential alcohols were in the 12.8 to 13.2% range. Moreover we equipped our new cuverie entirely with wooden fermenters and I think it has made a big difference in our vinifications and in particular with softer and finer extractions. As to the wines they are balanced and importantly possess notably ripe tannins which should allow the wines to drink well young but age well too. As I have repeatedly underscored, Geantet makes some of the best villages level wines around, particularly from Gevrey, so if top value is what you're after, you should make yourself familiar with these offerings. Tasting note: While hardly invisible the wood treatment is a bit more subtle here and easily allows the complex array of violet, plum, dark currant, earth and abundant sauvage nuances to shine. There is excellent mid-palate concentration to the powerful, generously proportioned and palate coating flavors that possess excellent volume on the powerful and beautifully long finale. This is a robust version of the appellation and quite firmly structured to I would strongly recommend allowing this at least 8 to 10 years of cellar time first.