A kaleidoscope of strawberry, blackcurrant, and spices collide in every swirl of Charmes-Chambertin 2013. Clinging to the sides of your mouth, unable to leave, these rich ripe red fruit flavors synchronize with powerful tannins and a complex body sculpted with elegance. There are many rewards for drinking such a succulent wine but it is the long, lush and complex finish that will keep your tongue restless, wanting to savor each sip. Keep this highly-collectable Grand Cru safe for a minimum of 10 years before succumbing to its vivid deep ruby red charms. This is as good as it gets.
After the small yield, but opulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, intense rainfall delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine envelop and clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, the small vintage has great potential. We should all be thankful.
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