As the name suggests, wines from this vineyard are full of charm - beautiful aromatics and weight. The vineyard is near Mazis, but Mounir has used different parts of the vineyard, from both Charmes or Mazoyères; so sometimes his fruit comes from the heart of the Gevrey Grand Crus and sometimes it is almost in Morey-St-Denis where there can be an influence of sand and iron in the soil. Mounir looks for the "charm" in Charmes-Chambertin - a wine with sweetness, fruit, spice, chocolate notes. He feels it is at its best when it is attractive and approachable.
“Very ripe aromas of cherry, red berries and smoked meat. Concentrated, sappy and dense but light on its feet, displaying terrific cut and depth to its flavors of raspberry and salty minerality. Boasts terrific balance and a firm spine of tannins and acidity. The very fresh, long finish displays captivating floral lift.”
92-94 Points Vinous Media
“This is aromatically very pretty with its fresh and elegant mixture of various red berries, earth, game and forest floor. There is fine volume and detail to the caressing medium weight plus flavors that exude a fine minerality on the moderately austere, balanced and impressively persistent finish. This is a classically styled Charmes of power and refinement.”
91-94 Points Burghound
“One of the highlights in the range today, the 2012 Charmes-Chambertin is striking in its beauty. The Charmes is a blend of Mazoyerès and true Charmes. Perhaps because of that, it is also wonderfully complete. Savory herbs, licorice, spices and dark red fruit are all very much alive in the glass. The flavors are rich, beautifully layered and voluptuous in a wine that impresses for its balance and class. This is a fabulous showing.”
94-97 Points Antonio Galloni (Vinous Media)
“Good bright red. Musky reduction to the wild aromas of raspberry, leather and game. Youthfully imploded on the palate and far less accessible today than the Cazetiers and Estournelles Saint-Jacques, but with a distinct sappiness to the flavors of red berries, brown spices and salty minerality. The superb mounting finish suggests that all this needs is time.”
92-94 Points International Wine Cellar
“The 2012 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has a ripe redcurrant and cranberry-scented bouquet that is full and voluminous. The palate is ripe and sweet with a candied core of strawberry fruit and a long succulent finish. This is a quintessential Charmes-Chambertin in the making, harmonious and poised.”
92-94 Points Wine Advocate
“Reduction and pungent wood presently comprise the nose. This is also very supple, round and almost soft though there is good size, weight and yet again, a sense of refinement to the middle weight plus flavors that exhibit a discreet minerality on the balanced and persistent finish that is certainly delicious if not quite as complex as the finest of these Gevrey grands crus.”
91-93 Points Burghound
"The 2011 Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru has an endearing strawberry pastille bouquet that is very pure and sensual. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannins, pitch perfect acidity and a succulent, sappy black cherry and blueberry finish that is long and citrus fresh. Excellent. Drink 2016-2033."
94 Points Wine Advocate
"The 2010 Charmes-Chambertin is sublime. It reveals lovely fleshiness and depth. Sweet red berries, flowers and spices flesh out in the glass. The Charmes impresses for its impeccable textual finesse, fabulous balance and overall sense of harmony. The Le Moine Charmes is equal parts true Charmes and Mayozeres. Anticipated maturity: 2020-2030."
94-96 Points Wine Advocate
"Medium red. Knockout perfume of red cherry, sandalwood, pepper and exotic oak. Lush and perfumed, with captivating inner-mouth lift to the flavors of red fruits and candied flowers. For a wine with such sweetness, this offers terrific clarity and inner-mouth tension. Conveys an impression of strong, savory extract, with the very long, building finish showing superb length and grip. I underrated this beauty from barrel a year ago."
95 Points International Wine Cellar
"Mounir Saouma and Rotem Brakin take an artisanal approach to their negociant business, now in its tenth year. Focused on grands and premiers crus, they hand-select grapes for one to three barrels of wine, custom-produce their own barrels of wine, custom produce their own barrles from Jupilles oak and age their wines without racking, pumping, filtration or sulfur. Saouma insists his wines need decanting, since they still hold some CO2 from their malolactic fermentation. But even without such careful handling, this wine smells fantastic. It's smoky, steaky and gamey, with an underlying richness that brings to mind dark bittersweet chocolate. The beautiful aroma recedes into seemingly simple fruit before a rush of flavor in the finish, the tannins precise, plump, spicy and bold. It has the youthful energy of a wild ram, needing ten years or more to settle into its exuberant power."
95 Points Wine & Spirits Magazine
"A powerful, rich, smoky red, offering loads of spice framing cherry, raspberry and currant flavors, with a hint of underbrush. A serious spine of tannins keeps the long, saturated finish fresh. Best from 2017 through 2037."
94 Points Wine Spectator
"There is a floral nose to the red berry and cassis suffused nose that also evidences hints of earth, humus and forest floor. There is an unusual degree of refinement to the round yet precise middle weight flavors that possess a wonderfully complex, balanced and focused backend. This is really quite pretty but unlike many wines that are pretty but have limited depth, this is by contrast quite deep."
92-94 Points Burghound
"The 2009 Charmes-Chambertin is muscular and intense but also light on its feet. A burst of dark berries, cinnamon and cloves makes a great first impression. The Charmes shows terrific precision and elegance in its deep layers of fruit as it builds towards the long, polished finish. The firm tannins will require patience, but this is a spectacular wine in every way. Anticipated maturity: 2019-2034."
93-96 Points Wine Advocate
"An earthy and extremely ripe nose of red berry liqueur aromas is very much in keeping with the sappy yet detailed and lightly mineral-inflected big-bodied flavors that are quite linear and focused on the lingering finish. It's interesting as the texture here is completely different from that displayed by the Bonnes Mares, which is neither good nor bad though the underlying material is not quite as strong."
91-93 Points Burghound
"Good bright, deep red. Wild aromas of blueberry, exotic spices, flowers, licorice and mint, plus a whiff of chlorophyll. Pure and fine on the palate, with strong floral lift accentuating the wine's impression of sharp definition. Not a fleshy style and a bit youthfully imploded today but this finishes with captivating perfume and length. The tannins are firm but fine."
Points International Wine Cellar
"This red starts out with pure cherry flavors, dense and expressive, building on the palate to the long, mineral-laced aftertaste. Offers muscle, grace and balance, with a beautifully integrated structure. Best from 2016 through 2035."
94 Points Wine Spectator
"Medium red. Knockout perfumed nose offers raspberry, dried flowers, smoked meat, menthol and spices. Sweet, concentrated and spicy, with a deep core of sappy red fruits and terrific definition and lift. The tight, subtle finishing flavors spread out to saturate the palate. This outstanding example of Charmes-Chambertin has more than delivered on the promise it displayed from barrel."
94 Points International Wine Cellar
"Le Moine's two barrels of 2008 Charmes-Chambertin (one from Mazoyeres) offer sweet aromas of cherry jam and pistachio extract wreathed in hyacinth, rose, and hibiscus, which follow on a seamlessly rich, subtly creamy palate, deep in the senses of plushness and fruit intensity as well as of layered complexity. This pure-fruited beauty certainly lives up to its name, and should perform well for 15-20 years, though it would be a shame not to relish some of it much younger."
93-94 Points Wine Advocate
"Here the nose is extremely pretty with expressive aromas of red berry fruit, underbrush and warm Gevrey-style earth nuances that can also be found on the admirably pure and relatively fine flavors that display a hint of tanginess on the otherwise extremely long finish."
90-92 Points Burghound
"Mild reduction cannot completely hide the notes of red berry fruit and earth lurking beneath the funk that lead to vibrant, intense and rich flavors that possess a certain fullness yet with no loss of detail on the delicious, complex, sappy and impressively persistent finish. There is fine balance as well as plenty of underlying material that enable this to age well into the next decade."
91-93 Points Burghound
"Medium red. Redcurrant, spices and a floral nuance on the high-pitched nose. Fresh but tight, with a suggestion of dried flowers. Nicely juicy but not yet showing much complexity. Finishes with firm tannins and good verve."
Points International Wine Cellar
"Deep, lightly-cooked plum and blackberry - together with a mincemeat-like combination of carnal, spicy, candied citrus peel, and dried fruit notes - rise from the glass of 2006 Charmes-Chambertin (actually from Mazoyeres). A whiff of bitter herbs and things fusil adds to the impression of a fantasy Pinot-Riesling blend. In the mouth, this projects rich fruit, if not the purity or transparency of some of the most amazing wines in the Le Moine collection."
93 Points Wine Advocate
"Unobtrusive wood surrounds the fresh, airy and layered red berry fruit nose that evidences notes of Gevrey style earth with hints of underbrush and a sauvage note that can also be found on the relatively elegant and notably pure flavors that are rich, pure and sweet, all wrapped in a solidly powerful finish. This doesn't have the depth of the best in the range but it's lovely in its own right."
91 Points Burghound
"Good full red. Brooding aromas of dark berries, licorice and violet. Big, rich and sweet but a bit youthfully simple, with a wild aspect to the black raspberry and floral flavors. The saline, savory finish communicates a strong impression of soil. This needs a few years of aging to express its full personality."
91 Points International Wine Cellar