Approximately halfway between Beaune and Santenay lies Meursault in the Côte de Beaune. Charmes sits in a small cluster of Premier Cru vineyards at the southern end of Meursault, close to the Puligny-Montrachet commune boundary. These sites produce the commune’s finest wines. Charmes is one of Meursault’s largest and best-known vineyards covering 76.8 acres and most of the slope’s vertical extent. It takes its name from the hornbeam trees or ‘charmes’ that once covered the land. Facing south and southeast, the gentle sloping vineyards take advantage of the morning and afternoon sun during the growing season.
Les Charmes sits on soil of average depth, alternating between clay and limestone, and is crucially covered with calcareous stones, giving the wines plenty of fruit and body. Pine, mineral and wet rocks are found on the nose.This is a rich and unctuous Meursault largely attributable to its lower slope with more clay soil.The wine is charming with viscosity and freshness.The old vines show their true terroir and nobility with more punch, power and fat as the wine is almost creamy and salty at the same time with citrus flavors and rich baking spices on the finish. This is a tremendous vintage for Meursault.