Les Charmes Dessus is a site just under the Clos Rousseau 1er Cru on the south-eastern slopes of Santenay. While it’s reasonably close to Clos de la Boutière the terroir is markedly different. Here the red clay and rocky, limestone soils result in aromatic, racy reds of great finesse and freshness. According to Marc Bachelet, this is always the site that delivers the best acidity in the reds, no matter the year. Fermented with 25% whole bunches, it is super-classy and an absolute bargain.
This is the most acid terroir of the domaine. Vibrant purple. Some elegance to the fruit. This is extremely attractive in it style of fruit, albeit with that fresh tingle of acidity. Impressive. Doesn’t feel like a sunny year, more in the fresh red cherries register. 87-90 points, Jasper Morris MW, Inside Burgundy
The 2018 Santenay Les Charmes-Dessus is not expressive compared to the Domaine’s other cuvées, the shutters are closed! The palate is medium-bodied with edgy, chalky tannins. You might imagine there is some whole bunches here but there is in fact none, a touch of graphite and citrus fruit towards the slightly brittle finish. This will need time, but patience will be rewarded. 92 points, Neal Martin, Vinous