1999 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Tortochot

As the winter starts to make its move this evening, I felt a need to indulge myself in some special food and wine. It was a good time to cook some quails that I had in the freezer – bought them from Carrefour, and to pop up a Burgundian Grand Cru with some age.  The quails were stuffed with chicken liver, mushrooms and some herbs, and cooked in the oven for about 40 minutes, just enough time to have the meat pink inside.

I popped up a 1999 Charmes-Chambertin from Tortochot and left it to breathe for about 45 minutes in the bottle and used a Riedel Sommelier Burgundy Gran Cru stemware to do the rest. The wine breathes youthfulness from the first whiff after uncorking.

Charmes-Chambertin is one of the 8th Grand Cru vineyards of Gevery-Chambertin in the Cote de Nuits and also, at 31.6 ha, it is the largest Grand Cru of Gevrey. A good Charmes is one of Gevrey-Chambertin’s most seductive and fragrant wines when young.

1999 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Tortochot

A youthful, medium dark red color and the color gets darker as the wine breathes. The nose is fully developed, but still youthful, with good complexity. There is a mix of red fruits: strawberry is the most dominant, earth, game, pleasant cinnamon that increases the light sweetness, and subtle forest floor and mushrooms. Really nice nose. Medium to full body, extremely youthful and vibrant, with bright acidity and an absolute silky mouth-feel. On the palate, it is elegant, subtle, but more than anything, this is a lively wine. The finish is long, with amazing freshness, great drink-ability and a charming mix of subtle red fruit and pronounced coffee bean bitterness that is just seducing. Loved it. (92-93/100)

If all days would be like this.

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    • Ruleta ruseasca care loveste buzunarul si de prea multe ori fara recompense gustative. Dar si cand prinzi ceva bun, ai impresia ca ai prins o divinitate de picior 😉

      Culoarea intr-adevar foarte frumoasa a unui vin care de abia incepe sa infloreasca. Aromele de vanat si sous bois nu au cum sa te lase indiferent

  1. Hai ca deja mi-ai lasat gura apa :)) Cat este sticla in cauza? 70-80 de euro, banuiesc. Oricum, in ultimii ani s-a mai uniformizat nivelul de calitate si in Burgundia dar, vorba ta, buzunarul ti-l loveste oricum

    • Pretul este ceva mai mult din pacate. S-a uniformizat si nivelul de calitate in ultimul timp dar si preturile au inceput sa creasca. Ceea ce este surprinzator este ca toate lumea sta cu ochii pe Bordeaux si ii blameaza pentru preturile prohibitive dar nu remarca ca acelasi lucru se intampla si in Burgundia cu vinurile lor.

      Viata este nedreapta asa cum stim. 😉

  2. Yep, ai dreptate. Si, din cate se pare, chinezii isi cam indreapta atentia catre Burgundia in ultima vreme. Deci, vor creste si mai mult preturile in perioada urmatoare.

    • din pacate ai dreptate. Pentru mine Burgundia este inca o zona neexplorata si destul de ermetica. Cu atatia producatori mici si parcele minuscule este un proces mai anevoios de invatare, dar cu rabdare si practicand razbim si aici. :)

      doar ca trebuie sa fim mai rapizi ca si chinezii, ca daca interesul lor se muta – si cum zici si tu sunt deja semne clare in aceasta directie – de la Bordeaux catre Burgundy, pe chinezeste: am cam pus-o. :(

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