Wine Spectator 93 points - From the highest portion of that cru, Perrot-Minot’s 2006 Charmes-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes features super-ripe black raspberry and cassis mingled with tobacco, iron filings, and brown spices. An enormously sappy, palate-staining primary fruit concentration on the palate is underlain by more obvious tannin than the corresponding Chapelle. This finishes with redoubtable length by clamping down on the palate with tenacious, toothy grip. Here is one example of this cru that, while formidable, fails to literally live up to its name. Perrot-Minot points out that the parcel is right in front of the sign that says ””here commences the Chambertin,”” and this Charmes seems to have stepped across the line and into the martial, Napoleonic role sometimes ascribed to the wine of its northern neighbor. I would give it at least 3-4 years before revisiting, and it will certainly be long-lived.
Lush, with texture and cherry and spice flavors that envelop the palate. The flavors are persistent, with hints of vegetal and spice notes in turn. The structure is well-integrated, and this has class and length.