This cuvée is an obvious step up in depth/material vs the “regular” Vosne villages. Jean-Pierre has another idiosyncratic practice here that I have not seen/heard of before: he goes around and marks the oldest vines, roughly 70 years+, in their Vosne villages parcels with an X, harvesting those individual plants separately from the other vines in said parcels (the non-X selected fruit goes into the corresponding “regular” Vosne villages). The result is night and day different in the intensity, complexity, and depth, as this is 1er cru quality and then some. The 2018 wasn’t fully in place when I tasted it, but its sense of depth and stuffing is undeniable. This is for all intents and purposes a 1er cru in all but name, as its price reflects as well…..a little * awarded here. Indeed, the aptlly named Charmes of Vosne, in full effect….
“This cuvée is made by tagging the individual old vines throughout and picking them separately. Rich purple, exciting. The nose starts quietly but absolutely swells on the palate. Sweet oak with cinnamon. Tannins quite prominent. Needs time to sort itself out but it surely will. Tasted: November 2019” 91-94 Jasper Morris