Pretty, light red Slightly reduced aromas of cranberry and boysenberry Juicy and firm-edged, showing a slight musky reduction but good tension to its rather light red berry flavors More salty than fruity today, finishing with a light touch and hints of leather and game. (ST)
The 2014 Vosne-Romanée Village, which had been racked three weeks prior to my visit and matured in three new barrels out of fourteen, is a blend of 'Les Vigneux' and the bottom half of Les Brûlées augmented by the domaine's younger vines. It has a surprisingly precocious nose with black cherry and a touch of cassis fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with juicy ripe tannin, moderate acidity, quite fleshy for a 2014 with a red cherry and soy-tinged finish. (NM)
14 casks. 20% new. All destemmed. Vigneaux and the bottom bit of Brûlées because they don’t reckon it’s up to premier cru standard – a little bit rustic, and all the young vines – up to eight years. Sumptuous nose. Really quite rich and sweet. Then it falls away a little on the palate but it will delight drinkers in the relatively short term. Fine tannins on the very end. Oodles of charm.
There is enough reduction to mask the fruit but not the subtle spice and sandalwood hints; even so I would recommend decanting this if you're going to try a bottle upon release. There is good richness to the fleshy and round middle weight flavors that exude a subtle minerality on the balanced finale where a touch of wood appears. This succulent yet sleek effort is quite forward and could easily be enjoyed young. A blend of 1/3 Les Vigneux and 2/3 declassified fruit from the lower portion of the Aux Brûlées.
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