Once again the nose is more deeply pitched still as the earth, humus and forest floor characters are even more prominent on the plum, dark currant and violet scents. The mid-palate of the big-bodied and overtly muscular flavors is almost surprisingly supple but the impression doesn't last as the markedly firm structure asserts its influence almost immediately on the marvelously persistent, palate coating and perfectly well-balanced finale. This is a big but not massive wine that is reference standard Vaucrains. Patience, and lots of it, will be required however and it would be pointless to buy this without a specific intent to cellar it. In a word, brilliant.
Bright ruby-red. Liqueur-like ripeness to the aromas of kirsch, cassis and dark chocolate. Juicy and powerful but tightly coiled and imploded; the densest but most clenched of these 2015s today. Finishes powerfully tannic and very long, with an emerging touch of sweetness and lovely violet lift. Like the Cailles and Saint-Georges, this fruit was picked at about 13% potential alcohol.
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)