Robert Parker 93
Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru from Christian Serafin has a very slight reduction on the nose but it soon dissipates and reveals very charming black cherries, red plum and cold stone scents. It just needs more bottle age to deal with that reduction. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is certainly good weight and volume here, the acidity astutely judged with a harmonious, delineated finish with plenty of finesse. This is modern in style but clearly very well executed.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2030
Good bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Pungent minerals, licorice and a suggestion of porcini on the nose, with a fruit character that’s a bit less black than that of the Cazetiers. Then juicy, tight and atypically imploded for this wine in the early going; there’s no easy sweetness or candied-fruit character here. Most impressive on the long, subtle finish, which features suaver tannins than the Cazetiers but a serious spine for aging.