Philippe Charlopin-Gevrey Chambertin-Vieilles Vignes 2018 (AM92)
Note: from 9 separate lieux-dits and vines that are between 55 and 100 years of age 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: This too is very serious, brooding and somber nose is highly restrained but well-layered while reluctantly displaying very fresh aromas of forest floor, sauvage and dark pinot fruit. There is excellent density to the muscular and focused medium-bodied flavors that flash plenty of power and a subtle minerality on the balanced, structured and impressively long finish. This is an excellent Gevrey villages though one that will require extended patience.