Bright ruby-red. Very ripe aromas of pure black cherry and spices. Densely packed, round and spicy but less obviously sweet than the Vosne villages, showing a slightly medicinal kirsch quality and an impression of youthful reserve. Velvety in the middle but the wine's ripe, building tannins are a bit less refined than those of the Vosne-Romanée. Firm acidity contributes to the impression of grip. Marie-Christine Mugneret believes that this wine will be a relatively early drinker but that it will still need five years of cellaring. But all of these 2015s possess the nervosité to support a graceful evolution in bottle.(ST)
The 2015 Chaignots is really lovely, offering up plenty of ripe fruit, fine typicité and a generous, but substantial structural chassis for long-term cellaring. The exuberant bouquet jumps from the glass in a blaze of black plums, black cherries, raw cocoa, pigeon, sweet nutskin, dark soil tones and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, beautifully balanced and sappy at the core, with fine soil signature, ripe, suave tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long, classy and still fairly youthful finish. A completely charming young Nuits! (Drink between 2023-2055)
The 2015 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Chaignots, aged in 45% new oak but in different combination of cooperages to the Chambolle-Musigny cuvées, has a very intense bouquet with layers of cassis, blueberry and raspberry coulis, just a hint of orange blossom in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, a suggestion of game in the background, though it does not impose upon the copious sweet blue and black fruit. This is a more extravagant les Chaignots compared to recent vintages, but still utterly delectable.(NM)
A distinctly spicy nose offers up ripe aromas of cassis, plum, mocha and violet that are trimmed in subtle earth nuances. There is fine volume and mid-palate density to the strikingly rich and suave medium-bodied flavors that display excellent persistence and complexity on the firm and lightly mineral-suffused finish that, like the Vignes Rondes, flashes a hint of dryness though in this case, I suspect that it will eventually come together and my rating offers the benefit of the doubt. 2025+
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)