Philippe Charlopin-Chambertin-Grand Cru 2018 (AM95)
Producer note: Philippe Charlopin, who directs this 25 ha domaine with his son Yann, briefly, and candidly, noted that 2018 was a hot and dry vintage that still gave us very good quantities and particularly so in white. We began picking the whites on the 5th of September and then attacked the reds on the 7th. The fruit was clean and very ripe with alcohols that ranged between 13 and 14% though with lower acidities and higher pHs than normal. I used around 30% whole clusters for everything and I think that it helped to add freshness. Overall, 2018 is a very nice vintage that produced juicy and succulent wines but it's not one of the greats. Tasting note: A strikingly fresh, cool and highly restrained nose features notes of ripe dark currant, floral, earth and hints of wood toast and the sauvage. There is equally good size and weight to the vibrant and tightly coiled mineral-driven flavors that exhibit outstanding delineation on the taut, highly persistent and impeccably well-balanced if youthfully austere finale. This is not especially concentrated but it's extremely promising as it easily possesses the best length in the range.