Press Review

Bourgogne Aujourd'hui N°125 - Octobre 2015 :  Nez expressif et prometteur sur des notes d'agrumes et avec un boisé bien intégré. Belle matière en bouche avec de la minéralité.  16,5 / 20

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : Delicious red cherry aroma. Fresh and splashing red fruit on the palate. Pure, lively acidity. The acidity is fresh, but not at all hard. Lightly rounded. Sweet fruit on the finish. Just nicely placed light tannins. Spot on Bourgogne.

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : This is higher toned than the Bourgogne; ripe redcurrant and wild flowers. More zing on the attack than the Bourgogne; It is straighter; tenser and very energetic on the finish. Quite a peppery finish. There is a bit more intensity in the palate...it has a slightly stronger core. I like both the Bourgogne this year.

 

Jancis Robinson, January 12, 2015 : 16.5 / 20. Quite stunning fruit for a modest appellation - bursting full of raspberry and redcurrant. Lovely clove and olive note too, and a really generous and tender structure. Light and shortish for sure, but still overdelivers for the origin. (RH) 2018-2022

 

Bill Nanson, 3rd December, 2014, Burgundy-Report : Here is a beautiful nose of vibrant dark red fruit-still with a hint of malo. Plenty of acidity here - almost piercing the fruit is lovely and largely brings balance. Relatively faint tannin here in the finish.

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : This is supple and so very juicy on the attack; more vibrance in the mid palate. This is very good. It combines sweet briar fruit with fresh acidity and smooth tannins. There is plenty in the mid palate and good freshness and fruit on the finish. It is underscored with soft, but cool graphite minerality and the finish is long, lightly mineral and fresh. I do like this. Top notch village NSG. Score 16.5

 

Jancis Robinson, January 12, 2015 : 16.5 / 20. Quite stunning fruit for a modest appellation - bursting full of raspberry and redcurrant. Lovely clove and olive note too, and a really generous and tender structure. Light and shortish for sure, but still overdelivers for the origin. (RH) 2018-2022

 

Bill Nanson, 3rd December, 2014, Burgundy-Report : Here is a beautiful nose of vibrant dark red fruit-still with a hint of malo. Plenty of acidity here - almost piercing the fruit is lovely and largely brings balance. Relatively faint tannin here in the finish.

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : The cuvée of parcels on the Vosne side. This smells peppery; smooth onto the palate; an elegant village NSG; Full-ish in the middle with plenty of dark fruit, black cherry in the mid palate....quite aromatic on the finish with just a little fresh, sappy lift at the end. It works well. Score 16.

Bill Nanson, 3rd December 2014, Burgundy Report : Malo only 2/3rds completed, thou 'it should be done by Christmas'!

A wide and fresh nose - though not obviously in malo. Clearly plenty of gas here but this remains a vibrant wine with very good energy. Transparent and really very good.

International Wine Challenge 2015 : Youthful with great potential. Cherry scented, finely judged acidity and tannins - great typicity. Silver medal

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : One third new wood. Deeper aroma. First impression is of the smooth texture and ripe cherry fruit; full bodied village which combines power and elegance; a firm core with smoothness and depth to the texture and an assured finish. Again a spot on VR village. This was one of the higher pHs at 3.5. The acidity sits in the wine. It is a sweet acidity. Score 16.5. From 2019

 

Bill Nanson, 3rd December, 2014, Burgundy-Report : (en cours de fermentation malolactique).  The nose is a little more smoky. In the mouth there is a slowly growing width of flavour, almost no gas and a wide and concentrated delivery of fruit flavour of very good weight. Really fine flavours in the finish.

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : Again one third new oak. This was still finishing MLF so the tannins seem harder...and it was gassy.

Dark fruit aroma. This has a much straighter, zesty palate. The tannins are tighter than the previous village wines, but ripe. There is plenty of tension; you feel the coldness of the Argillieres and the riper fruit from below the village. More apparent acidity...the malic. There is a touch of minerality on the finish. Score 16 at least, but to taste again.

 

 Bill Nanson, 3 Décembre 2014, Burgundy-Report : (en cours de fermentation malolactique).  Here is a more obvious malo aroma ut the nose still has fine depth. there is plenty of gas, but behind is a little more freshness and energy than the Vosne - today it's hard to say more - except that the finish is fine enough.

 

International Wine Challenge 2015 : Attractive fruit and spice aromatics counterbalance and lead to a filigree delicate palate. Silver medal

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : One third new oak. Floral aromas, spices and wild flowers. This is rounded and smooth. Generous and yet subtle and delicate. Very nicely integrated acidity; plenty of silky-smooth tannins and a freshness and spice on the finish. The texture gives this wine slightly sumptuous quality, but so refreshing too. This has charm. Score 16.4. From 2019

Jancis Robinson, 10 Janvier 2015 : 17.5 / 20. Savoury oyster sauce on the nose with crunchy black fruit and a lovely pipe tobacco smoke, or maybe a sort of Guinness character! Charming and bright and quirky. (RH) 2020 - 2035

 

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : 35 barrels and 60% new oak. Impressively silky smooth and elegant. Ripples gently across the palate. It is discreet, restrained and very long. Just enough of everything and not too much of anything. Score 18.85 From 2022

 

International Wine Challenge 2015 : Entincigly attractive aromatics lead to a fine black cherry and spice, tender palate. Silver medal

 

 

 

 Bill Nanson, 3rd December, 2014, Burgundy-Report : Here is a wider and more spicy nose – though with less aromatic depth, except it does improve in the glass. Lovely over palate – more concentrated, less lithe. Here is lovely fruit and obvious Vosne Romanée complexity – this is really excellent today. Probably a ‘better’ wine than the Brulees, but today, I’d rather drink that wine.

Jancis Robinson, 10 Janvier 2015 : Score 17 / 20. Violet fragrance and expressive red cherry fruit. Chewy tannins, intense fruit and a bitter brightness to finish. Rounded, aromatic, dry and succulent. (RH)

 

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N°16 : Very spicy high toned aroma. Quite gassy. Just finishing its MLF...and some malic. It is aromatic and has good tension. The tannins are ripe...plenty of them and the fruit is dark red and fresh. It has precision and keen edges. A more compact and layered palate and the finish is decisive. Score 18.25. They always make the harvest 3 days later and this cuvee always has the high level of acidity, especially in this vintage.

 

Bill Nanson, 3rd December, 2014, Burgundy-Report : Depth and concentrated dark fruit - a sleek not fat aromatic. Here is a beautiful palate that's lithe, concentrated and dark fruited with very fine mid-palate intensity and only faintly tannic. Excellent! The last drops in the glass with a fine floral lift too.

 

International Wine Challenge 2015 : Youthful, with black fruit and hints of violets. Dense and layered on the palate, with a good grip, distinct iron note and structure of a 1er Cru Vosne. Firm tannins, will improve for 3 to 6 years. Gold medal

 

 

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : Vignes Rondes and Murgers. This is supple and smooth, you taste the higher percentage of new oak here (50%). Dark fruit, lovely maturity of forest fruits; surprising ripeness of aromatics and flavours. Quite a plump mid palate; rounded, but trim (this vintage carries no weight), but has excellent concentration. There is velvet texture to the tannins and a good fresh lift on the finish. Score 18. From 2020

Sarah Marsh, Winter 2014, The Burgundy Briefing N° 16 : The vines are now 26 years old, 100% new oak and three barrels. This is a large bold wine; but is draped in silky tannins; (although the new oak is very evident at the moment). Some muscle, but it is smooth. The fruit is very fresh, juicy even - there is the exuberance of young vines here - and the freshness is clear; especially on the long and vigorous finish. Score 19.2

 

Bill Nanson, 3rd December, 2014, Burgundy-Report : Wide and complex high tones that are slowly augmented with a growing floral element. Rounder and fuller with a growing intensity of fine fruit. Longer lasting with a faint herbaceous note - just another complexity - this is very, very good.

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