This is the first wine to display any appreciable amount of wood on the very ripe yet agreeably fresh aromas of cassis, plum and kirsch. There is excellent size, weight and power to the concentrated and velvet-textured flavors that brim with sappy dry extract that coats the palate on the clean, dry and delicious if ever-so-slightly warm finish. This too is clearly built-to-age.
Bright ruby-red. Lovely floral lift to the aromas of blackberry, iron and brown spices. Initially juicy and saline but distinctly powerful and backward, even a bit youthfully strict, but calmed down dramatically with a few minutes of aeration to show a sappy spicy quality and more harmonious tannins. Should make a rather elegant wine in the context of Pommard. (ST)
The 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Les Fremiers includes 75% whole bunch fruit, the highest that winemaker Thomas Bouley uses. You could say that is evident on the nose that has a more sous-bois character, Autumn leaf scents tincturing the brambly red berry fruit. The new oak (25%) is neatly intertwined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. This is a pretty Pommard in the first half, then it resorts to type and becomes more structure and linear towards the second. But there is drive here and great tension from start to finish. Give it 4-5 years in bottle. (NM)
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)