(from old vines of an indeterminate age). As is usually the case this is both more elegant and more aromatically complex with its wonderfully broad-ranging nose of sandalwood, violet, plum, lavender, Asian-style tea and dark cherry scents. The gorgeously refined, intense and mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors are pure silk while delivering plenty of punch on the impeccably well-balanced finish. This is both classy and graceful and importantly for those who prefer their wines on the younger side, this should be reasonably approachable young meaning after 7 to 8 years. In a word, gorgeous. 2030+
The 2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureueses has a very detailed bouquet with a potent floral and marine aspect, violets mixed with oyster shells and a distant tang of mudflats (apologies, this comes from growing up on the Thames Estuary!). It is a very...evocative bouquet. The palate is defined by the fineness of the tannin and appears almost symmetrical in focus; nothing powerful or even intense, but instead there is a gentle but inexorable crescendo of flavors that maintains wonderful freshness and vitality, the terroir showing through right to the precise, almost pixelated finish. This is one of the most intellectual wines from this propitious vintages - just superb.(NM)
Heady, wafting raspberry nose, wonderfully elegant and sensuous. Creamy and velvety attack, intense but not too taut, the fleshiness overriding the structure at present. Pure pleasure that can only increase with time, a superb balance of fruit, acidity, and ultra-discreet tannins. A miracle of subtlety rather than power. Drinking Window 2018 - 2038.(SB)
The 2015 les Amoureuses from Domaine Mugnier is stunning. The bouquet soars from the glass in a musky, red fruity blend of cherries, blood orange, kaleidoscopic minerality, raw cocoa, gamebird and a touch of spicy oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very soil-driven, with a sappy core of fruit, suave, seamless tannins, bright acids and laser-like focus on the very, very long, vibrant and still quite primary finish. Like the les Fuées here, this wine is so refined in its balance that it will be accessible from a relatively early age (if it does not close up after bottling), but will really deserve at least a full decade in the cellar to properly blossom. It will be very long-lived. 2025-2080.
Bright, dark red. Knockout nose combines black raspberry, pepper, spices, menthol and rose petal. At once silky and bright on entry, then classically dry and a bit youthfully clenched in the middle, with its flavors of raspberry liqueur, minerals, chocolate and licorice in need of serious bottle aging to expand. This very ripe but energetic wine shows the suavest tannins among these 2015s to this point, spreading out to saturate the palate on the very long finish. (ST)
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)