The 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Brûlées comprises four barrels this year, two of them new. It includes 60% whole bunch fruit. It has a deep purple color. The nose is very pure, a mixture of black cherries, blackcurrant, crushed violet and just a hint of cassis. The palate is medium-bodied with a fresh entry, a fine line of acidity, the whole bunch lending just a soupçon of stalkiness/greenness that counterbalances the ripeness bestowed by the growing season. Michel Mallard believes that he has "touched something" with regard to his Aux Brûlées, and it should evolve into an excellent expression of the vineyard. (NM)
The whole cluster vinification is more evident here with its intense floral and spice nuances that add breadth to the pretty dark pinot fruit scents that are trimmed in discreet wood hints. The more mineral-inflected and detailed medium weight flavors possess a really lovely mouthfeel before terminating in a beautifully persistent finale. This is also very Vosne in style but it will need at least a few years of cellaring first.
Bright, dark red. Reduced nose dominated by flinty minerality. A pungent, energetic midweight with excellent inner-mouth tension to its flavors of wild strawberry and saline minerality. Some unabsorbed CO2 currently accentuates the impression of sappiness. This very firmly built wine finishes ripe but dry, with sneaky mounting length. The estate is beginning to replant vines in all of its vineyards and will need to drill into the rock under the shallow layer of topsoil in this site. (ST)
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