Once again there is just enough reduction present to mask the underlying fruit but not the earth and underbrush elements; moreover it is sufficiently light that I doubt that it will persist for very long. Otherwise there is a slightly finer mouth feel to the sleek, intense and muscular mineral-driven flavors that explode on the sappy, rich and balanced finale that displays strikingly good length. However, note well that like the Charmes, this is definitely not constructed for early drinking so be prepared to have at least some patience.
A burly cherry nose, quite powerful. Rich, suave and very concentrated, but there's also a brightness that counters the very firm tannins. Grippy and even gawky now, but it has sufficient fruit to keep it in eventual balance. Very long finish. Drinking Window 2021 - 2035.(SB)
Bright ruby-red. More fruity, floral and high-pitched than the Cuvée du Bourdon in spite of its 3.6 pH, the highest of all of these 2015s. Wonderfully concentrated and large-scaled if a bit youthfully inexpressive today, already communicating a compelling sappy quality to its dark raspberry fruit. A seriously structured wine with a lot of baby fat to absorb. In fact, this wine appears to be closing down despite having been very open just after the bottling, according to winemaker Abel. Most impressive today on the horizontal finish, which features substantial but fine-grained tannins and rising length. (ST)
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)