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2019 Domaine Charles Audoin Marsannay Au Champ Salomon
Domaine Charles Audoin was formed in 1972 by Charles and his oenologist wife Marie-Francoise, starting with three hectares in Marsannay. Their holding has now grown to around 14 hectares that captures some of the best parcels in Marsannay. Their son Cyril joined his father in 2000, and is now in charge of both vineyard and winemaking activities for the Domaine. Cyril is increasingly focused on vineyard health, to deliver wines with pure varietal expression and a sense of place. They are among the most serious wines from the area, and while juicy and approachable young, have the capacity to age gracefully for many years.
Situated in the southern part of Marsannay, Au Champ Salomon is one of the premier vineyards in this Couchey sector. The vineyard is well placed on the mid-slope, and produces wines that combine power and elegance, and a propensity to age extremely well.
Deep dark red in colour with a subtle shade of black to the edges and a dark red hue. Pretty violet, red to dark cherry, fresh herb and strawberry aromatics gracefully expand in their intensity with earthy forest floor, meaty notes and spicy cedar also present. Delicious red to dark cherry and strawberry fruits show plenty of charm evolving into elements of forest floor, infusions of fresh herbs, dried meats and spicy cedar. Supple on entry it finishes with excellent freshness. Beautifully integrated tannins unwind into a long, elegant and highly addictive aftertaste.
Drink over the next 6-8 years.
Ripe and concentrated, but with wonderful gracefulness, thanks to the integration of fine tannins and animating acidity, this beauty has a long, very polished finish. With aeration the subtle red-fruit aromas expand and expand.
Stuart Pigott - jamessuckling.com
Wafting from the glass with scents of sweet berries, citrus rind, warm spices, potpourri and dark chocolate, the 2019 Marsannay Au Champ Salomon is medium to full-bodied, layered and precise, with a beautiful core of fruit and real energy and cut. Along with Favières, Champ Salomon produces the domaine's most age-worthy wine, and this is a beautiful rendition in the making that will reward extended cellaring—as a 1978 Bourgogne Marsannay, produced from this site and still in its absolute prime, recently demonstrated.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Jan 2021)
This is the first wine to display any appreciable reduction and in this case it's enough to push the underlying fruit to the background save for a note of herbal tea. The sleeker but not richer or finer flavors possess a highly attractive mouthfeel on the subtly stony finish where a touch of austerity slowly emerges. This is potentially outstanding as well and well worth checking out. Drink 2027+.
Allen Meadows - Burghound