An enticing mix of black cherry, blackberry, sweet spices and toasty oak, backed by a solid structure. All the components are in the right proportions and the finish is lively and long. Best from 2022 through 2038.
A discreet and ultra-fresh nose combines notes of various dark berries, violet, lavender, spice and sandalwood nuances. Once again there is a suave mouth feel to the rich, generous and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that possess notably better depth on the lingering finale. This has the potential to be outstanding, indeed more so than I am used to seeing from this consistently good but rarely great terroir. Note that this should drink reasonably well early on if desired.
Very spicy nose, either from the soil or the oak, but in either case it's vibrant and lifted. Rich and broad with a svelte texture, and power and depth of fruit. Firm tannins and excellent balance and persistence. Classy. Drinking Window 2019 - 2032.(SB)
The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes has a fragrant bouquet with hints of salted licorice filtering through the rather broody dark cherry and raspberry fruit. This needed some coaxing from the glass and felt a little introspective. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin on the entry, moderate depth, plenty of fresh red berry fruit, but I would be seeking a little more mineralité and terroir expression on the finish. Otherwise this should drink well for 10-12 years. At Domaine Méo-Camuzet I tasted through the entire range of whites, both domaine and négoçiant, though limited myself to just a couple of their whites due to time constraints. Theirs is a large portfolio nowadays. "We did not really see hydric stress," proprietor Jean-Nicolas Méo told me. "What we saw was a resistance to sugar accumulation and then all of a sudden, they shot up. I think that this was due to the weather and the sunny days. The tricky thing was that in terms of ripeness it went almost overnight from underripe to overripe, and so we ended up harvesting earlier than expected. In the end there were two phases of picking (at least after the Meursault that was picked on 31 August). The first was 2 to 5 September and the second 8 to 12 September, after which there was 80mm of rain. There were high levels of tartaric acid, but low levels of malic, though it was rounded a little by the malolactic fermentation, which lasted until August and September. Alcohol levels are around(NM)
Dark ruby-red. Distinctly more medicinal on the nose than the Boudots, with its black cherry aroma lifted by a minty quality. Densely packed and energetic, conveying a strong impression of acidity but little easy sweetness to the flavors of black cherry, licorice and bitter chocolate. With its salty minerality and youthful tightness, this wine comes across as a bit disjointed, even tough, following the Boudots.(ST)
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2016 Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Volnay 1er Cru "Les Caillerets - Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" (Pre-Arrival)