2006 Domaine Arlaud Charmes-Chambertin- France, Burgundy, Côte de Nuits, Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru (12/25/2015)
Opened initially to a heaping does of reduction. Decanted approximately 1 hour, which cleared that up right away. The nose is full of diacetyl, bright raspberry/strawberry, baking spice, woodsmoke, and dusty soil. Similar carry-through on the palate, with the acidity holding back a tendency towards overripe fruit. I definitely enjoyed the taste over the smell because the buttered popcorn note ended up dominating the bouquet. Still, this was a Grand Cru that did live up to the complexity and beauty that one would expect, especially on the palate. (87 pts.)
Oak is not the same as diacetyl (buttered popcorn). This had some oaky notes to be sure, but it was nicely integrated. The diacetyl on the other hand, came from perhaps an overly energetic (high-diacetyl producing) strain of malolactic bacteria.