Olivier Bernstein

Burgundy, France

Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2016

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  • Vineyard Profile

    • The topsoil in Charmes has a high iron content and a large proportion of limestone pebbles,indicating the proximity of the mother rock which has a high active-chalk component. The Mazoyères portion of the vineyard area boasts a topsoil that is lighter in color and texture but with greater depth.

    • Vineyards: Charmes-Chambertin and Mazoyères-Chambertin
    • Cultivation: Lutte raisonnée (“reasoned protection”)
    • Viticulture: Two green harvests during the summer; sustainably farmed
    • Size: 30.83 ha (76 acres)
    • Elevation: 250 meters (820 feet)
    • Exposure: Eastern/southeastern
    • Density: 10,000 vines/ha
  • Vintage Report

    • Despite a mild winter, 2016 was a relatively late vintage. The conditions in the vineyards were complicated and the 130 millimeters (5.12 inches) of rainfall in May didn’t make it any easier. The hard work put forth in the vineyards paid off, and the property was able to grow healthy and ripe grapes. Once again, the essential took place in the vineyards. Luck was on their side as well, because the frost episode, which ravaged a large part of Burgundy the morning of April 27, spared their vines, allowing them to have a harvest almost identical to 2015.

      Summer only began toward mid-July, but the abundant sunshine combined with cool nights permitted Bernstein to slowly obtain, without intense heat, a beautiful phenolic maturity while preserving the acidity. This is everything a Pinot Noir loves about Burgundy.

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  • Olivier Bernstein Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru – 2016 – Wine Spectator – 97 Points

    A dense, brooding red, this offers plenty of dark fruit, earth, mineral, spice and smoke flavors. The tannins set the pace for now, yet there is depth and complexity, as well as a vibrant core. Builds to a long, stony, meaty finish, showing great energy and persistence. Best from 2024 through 2045.

  • Olivier Bernstein Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru – 2016 – Vinous – 92-95 Points

    Bright, dark red. Wild yet precise nose combines aromas of musky small red berries, dried flowers and game. Dense, sappy and thick but gentle too, offering outstanding intensity to its fine-grained flavors of purple fruits, flowers and animal fur. There's a juicy delicacy here in the style of the vintage's best examples. Spreads out to dust the palate on the very pure...

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