Reduction. The intensely mineral-driven and beautifully well-detailed flavors possess a real sense of drive as well as excellent power that builds from the mid-palate back to the impressively balanced and wonderfully long finale. This is quite firmly structured yet manages to avoid falling over into austerity or rusticity; that said, this is not likely to be a good candidate for early consumption.
The 2015 Morey Saint Denis 1er Cru Aux Chezeaux was suffering a lot of reduction on the nose that made it difficult to read. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin and good purity. Here the terroir does show and I appreciate the energy that filters through the mass of black fruit on the finish. It will need 4-5 years in bottle, but there is a palpable sense of energy and tension interwoven from start to finish.
Deep red-ruby. Reduced aromas of black raspberry, blueberry and spices show a confectionery sweetness as well as an inviting tangy quality. A very smooth berry bomb in the mouth, conveying almost chocolatey ripeness but given shape by a firm spine of ripe, integrated acidity and palate-saturating tannins.
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)