2014 Charmes-Chambertin, Grand Cru, Domaine Castagnier

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From 60-year-old vines, this has an exceptional, dense, purple-black colour. There is a riot of ripe, red fruit driving the bouquet. While the oak is lightly present, there is such a generosity of fruit that it swamps all over the barrels, and the wine finishes on its fruit with some minerals too. Our jovial friend Jérôme Castagnier has excelled himself this year. The promise we picked up on last year has really been delivered in 2014. He says that the wines have lovely flesh but also a beautiful freshness, and notes some similarities to 2010. His generic Burgundies (available on www.bbr.com/