Once again firm reduction makes the nose a tough read. The rich, fresh and energetic medium-bodied flavors possess a beautifully elegant mouth feel that continues on to the refined, focused and impeccably well-balanced though notably firmer finish.
The 2015 Champ Gains is just a touch less racy in personality than the Clos de la Garenne, but this makes sense, as it is not quite as cool of a climat. The bouquet is loaded with zesty citrus elements in its vibrant blend of apple, white peach, chalky, white lilies, vanillin oak and every imaginable note of citrus zest that one can imagine. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, pure and almost velvety in texture, with a rock solid core, fine focus and balance and a long, juicy finish. This will drink immediately upon release (unless it closes down after its mise) and will probably not age quite as long as the Clos de la Garenne, but it will deliver plenty of pleasure along the way. 2016-2035+.
The 2015 Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Canet showed a little more vintage character than the Folatières, hints of passion fruit and caramelized pear tucked in behind the citrus veneer. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with a keen line of acidity, though the finish remains quite strict and maybe does not quite possess the mineral expression of the Folatières at the moment. Maybe that will change once in bottle? Still, there is potential here and the spiciness on the aftertaste is satisfying. (NM)
(this fruit was picked fully ripe at the beginning of the harvest): Very pale bright yellow. Subtly complex aromas of yellow peach, apricot and spices. Boasts superb volume and a hint of sweetness to its yellow fruit and spice flavors, with harmonious acidity giving the wine a firm shape. Very easy to appreciate today owing to its silky sweetness but has the balance, volume and concentration for mid-term aging. Finishes tactile and very long, like chewing on ripe berries. (ST)
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