(from very old vines on deeper, more clay-rich soil than the Combe d'Orveau; Faiveley began replanting these old vines in 2011): Bright red-ruby. Knockout soil-inflected perfume of raspberry, underbrush and smoky minerality. Plush, seamless and deep, perfectly combining a rich, fleshy, dense mouthfeel with pungent raspberry fruit and superb mineral energy. This classic 2015 finishes with big but thoroughly ripe, dusty tannins and outstanding subtle length. Production here was under 30 hectoliters per hectare, according to Erwan Faiveley, who noted that this vintage included roughly one-third new vines by volume, which contributed juiciness to the blend.
A discreet application of wood sets off the wonderfully spicy, floral, plum and black cherry aromas that are quite ripe yet manage to retain a beguiling freshness. There is fine volume to the equally mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that despite being exceptionally rich display fine delineation on the impressively persistent finale where the only nit is a touch of backend warmth. This too should be approachable after only a few years.
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