The cherry and smoky undertones are so intriguing this vintage. Full-bodied, dense and very layered. So complex and flavorful. Wet earth, spices, black pepper and fruit. Needs time to come together. Wait until 2022 but so wonderful now.
(Frédéric Drouhin described the production of 18 hectoliters per hectare here as "almost a normal year, and the first decent crop since 2011"; these vines were picked in one shot on September 7; 20% vendange entier): Bright, dark red. Slightly reduced aromas of raspberry and smoky minerality smell energetic and ripe. Wonderfully silky and rich, showing noteworthy depth and concentration to its red and darker fruit and mineral flavors. Finishes spicy, tactile and very long. A superb showing today, but this wine has the stuffing for a slow evolution in bottle.(ST)
The 2015 Clos des Mouches rouge was a touch reductive at the time of our tasting, but again, with a bit of swirling, it was easy to get the wine to open up. This is another pretty roasted style of 2015, with a 2009-like or 1990-like personality, but plenty of depth and complexity in this style. The bouquet offers up notes of baked black cherries and cassis, spit-roasted gamebird, dark soil tones, woodsmoke, dark chocolate and nutty new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and quite sappy at the core, with fine-grained tannins, good focus and grip, impressive complexity and a big, long and fairly powerful finish. 2022-2060.
This displays a peculiar kind of reduction the Burgundians call cassis flower, which isn't unpleasant per se but it's not desirable either; it's difficult to say whether it will eventually dissipate though my rating offers the benefit of the doubt. The middle weight flavors possess a notably finer mouth feel with a bit more minerality as well, all wrapped in a well-balanced and impressively persistent finish. This isn't technically perfect today but everything else is in place for this to age well.
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)