Matured in 60% new oak, the 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras has an opulent bouquet with blueberry and black cherry fruit soaring from the glass, the oak neatly integrated, although I detected just a little warmth here that detracted from the delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin. There is clearly a solid backbone to this Nuits Saint Georges that lends it a Morey-Saint-Denis-like personality. There is ample blackberry and raspberry notes infused with white pepper and sage, fanning out in confident fashion towards the detailed finish. This is a sturdy and forthright 2015 that will drink beautifully over 15-20 years. This wine is superb.
(control of these 50+-year-old vines reverted back to Domaine Georges Noëllat in 2013; finished its malo very late): Dark red with ruby tones. Pungent but reduced aromas of black cherry and minerals. Dense, creamy and deep in the middle palate, with the sweet dark raspberry fruit given punch by the wine's underlying rocky minerality. A wine of impressive structure, this is almost tough in the early going. But the tannins are ripe and integrated, allowing the slightly medicinal finishing flavors of black cherry and minerals to expand and linger on the aftertaste. A lovely showing.(ST)
Here there is no reductive funk to the elegant, ultra-fresh and pure aromas of essence of red berry fruit, spice and soft earth scents. I love the delineation of the supple yet sleek and highly energetic flavors that brim with minerality that carries over to the dusty and balanced finish where a hint of bitter cherry arises.
The 2015 Nuits “aux Cras’ was the one premier cru here that showed a bit of the vintage’s ripeness on the nose, but the palate remains pure, transparent and velvety in style. The bouquet offers up scents of baked red plums and cherries, chocolate, a good base of soil and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very plush on the attack, with fine complexity, ripe tannins and good length and grip on the slightly roasted finish. This is still a very good wine, but it does not quite share the same purity and sense of delicacy of the other 2015s in the cellar here this year. 2023-2060.
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