In most vintages, there is a very nice row of barrels of Vaucrains in the Gouges cellars, but with the microscopic yields of 2016, there are only five casks here this year. This is a shame, as this wine is stunning, soaring from the glass in a complex mélange of red and black cherries, cassis, woodsmoke, bitter chocolate, lovely minerality and a gently floral topnote redolent of lavender. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and rock solid at the core, with a very soil-driven in personality, ripe, well-integrated tannins and a very long, very pure and promising finish. Just add time! (Drink between 2030-2080)
Healthy dark red. Slightly medicinal aromas of black cherry and chocolate are complicated by a whiff of animal fur. Plush and fine-grained, offering lovely pliancy to the flavors of dark berries, chocolate and tobacco; plumper than the Les Saint-Georges but without that wine's definition and cut. The very rich tannins coat the front teeth but this very ripe wine is already quite expressive. (ST)
A brooding nose only reluctantly reveals notes of ripe and ultra-fresh dark currant, earth and a smoked game nuance. There is outstanding density to the powerful, robust and bold big-bodied flavors that possess seriously good concentration where the sap does a good job of buffering the very firm tannic spine shaping the superbly persistent finish. This is textbook Vaucrains and as such, it's going to need extended cellaring.
Cropped at a mere 8hl/ha, the Vaucrains opens in the glass with notes of myrtille, wild plums, a touch of balsamic cherry with seemingly a touch of volatile acidity in this barrel, pepper and meaty game bird. On the palate the wine is sapid, and even firmer and more austere than the Pruliers. Drinking Window 2026 - 2046. (WK)
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