The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts was showing some reduction on the nose, although there is clearly plenty of ripe red cherry and cranberry fruit underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a silver bead of acidity. This comes across as being very harmonious with good backbone; saline in the mouth with a persistent, peppery aftertaste that lasts for over a minute. This is simply a Beaux Monts from the top-drawer.(NM)
An overtly floral and spicy nose is quite restrained if exceptionally pretty with its cool array of spice, Asian-style tea and red and blue pinot fruit scents. There is terrific vibrancy to the much more mineral-driven medium weight flavors that also culminate in a linear and delineated finish that really firm up as it sits on the palate. This is very much built-to-age and is going to need at least half a dozen years to unwind. In a word, excellent. 2027+
The 2015 Dujac Beaumonts is a very black fruity wine that perfectly captures the essence of this vineyard. The bouquet delivers scents of black plums, sweet dark berries, bitter chocolate, dark soil tones, a bit of roasted gamebird and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied, pure and shows a nice touch of sappiness to its black fruit core, with fine soil signature, fine-grained tannins and a long, nascently complex and tangy finish. This is very 1993-like in profile, but the Seysses family also makes far more refined Beaumonts today than was the case back in that era. A fine, fine bottle in the making. 2025-2065.
Healthy medium red. Distinctly more minerally on the nose than the Charmes-Chambertin, offering complex scents of black raspberry, blackberry, blueberry, violet and dark chocolate. More open-knit on the palate as well, but at the same time a bit more monolithic than its younger 2016 sibling, conveying a touch of smoky reduction to its very dense, ripe flavors of purple fruits, chocolate and minerals. Still, this very ripe, tactile wine has the stuffing to support its big, broad tannins, which reach the front teeth. (ST)
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)