The Fontaine family’s parcel of vines in Vergers lie right on the border with Clos St. Jean and celebrated their forty-fifth birthday in 2015. This too is a classic expression of Vergers, delivering a fine aromatic constellation of pear, tangerine, chalky soil tones, citrus zest, spring flowers and a deft framing of new wood. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and a touch more reserved in personality than the Chenevottes, with a fine core and excellent cut and grip on the long and nicely soil-driven finish. Give this a year or two to blossom fully. Drink between 2018-2035.
Pale, bright yellow. Shows captivating perfumed lift for the vintage, offering scents of pear, lime, lemon drop, white peach, white flowers and powdered stone, plus a whiff of spicy oak; very Chassagne-Montrachet. Suave, brisk and intensely flavored but adamantly dry and even a bit austere in the early going, with citrus, crushed rock and iodiney mineral flavors dominating. Very brisk and light on its feet, especially in the context of the year, but with no shortage of sneaky intensity. Finishes with a subtle whiplash of flavor and slowly building length. Softened nicely and showed more thickness with time in the glass but I doubt I would have picked this blind as a 2015. (ST)
There is an interesting lemon-lime character to the notes of apple, matchstick and citrus, all of which is trimmed in soft wood. The rich and again relatively full-bodied flavors possess a caressing mouth feel thanks to the abundance of sappy dry extract that is buffered by the citrus-inflected acidity that renders the lingering finish agreeably dry. Lovely. *Outstanding*
Les Vergers, a late-ripening site, is a success, revealing notes of lemon, green apple and crème pâtissière on the nose, with a pure, full-bodied palate impression and good acidity.Drinking Window 2017 - 2023. (WK)
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