The Caillerets is one of the highlights in Rossignol's formidable range this year, its rigorous, soil-driven personality in total contrast to the decadent Clos des Angles. Notes of ripe red cherry, redcurrant, chalky minerality and cocoa powder lead into a powerful, pure palate, with a firm core of vibrant fruit and minerality framed by bright acids and refined tannins. Terrific stuff. Drinking Window 2018 - 2065.(WK)
Firm reduction currently flattens the underlying fruit. On the plus side there is more elegance still to the mouth feel of the refined, mineral-driven and solidly concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess notably better complexity on the balanced though much firmer finish. This is most impressive but patience required.
100% destemmed; recently racked): Bright full red. Attractive mineral lift to the aromas of black raspberry and black cherry. Quite tight and sharply delineated, with its very ripe black fruit flavors leavened by menthol and stone and complicated by hints of earth, leather and chocolate. Finishes with substantial ripe tannins. (I will withhold judgment on the Volnay Clos des Angles, which Rossignol described as his roundest Volnay in 2015. It had also been racked a week before my visit but was in an oxidative phase when I tasted it.)(ST)
The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets is a blend of 40- and 80-year-old vineyards and was completely de-stemmed this year; it has an opulent and extravagant bouquet with marmalade and orange sorbet notes suffusing the kirsch, cassis and black cherry scents. I would prefer to see a little more restraint here. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe red fruit, touches of dark chocolate and savory notes developing towards the second half that will need a couple of years to fully absorb the 30% new oak. I would just like to feel the terroir more here.(NM)
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