Although I generally find Charmes to be one of the lesser Grand Crus, including 2005, the one exception is Denis Bachelet. A lovely nose of pure red cherries, redcurrants and hedgerow there is destined to be very opulent yet refined. The palate has a silky, seductive entry with incredible delineation and immense clarity. Feminine, focused towards the finish that fans out across the palate. A sensuous Charmes that shimmers with vibrancy that will age glacially over twenty years. Drinking 2015-2035.
A subtle but not invisible touch of wood spice is evident on the notably ripe and strikingly complex nose of various dark berries, plum, pungent earth and soft sauvage scents. There is superb concentration and punch to the moderately powerful broad-shouldered flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel thanks to the abundant dry extract that pushes the still firm tannic spine to the background on the wonderfully long and perfectly balanced finish. In the context of the typical Bachelet Charmes this is a big wine that is still very much on the way up yet because of the impeccable balance, the '05 Charmes is both approachable and enjoyable now. That said, I would very much advise holding this for at least another 5 to 8 years first.