Red Burgundy-Cote de Beaune

  • This rarely seen bottling (5 barrels made) is a pet favorite of both mine and Nico. It has a gorgeous sense of chiseled precision, beautifully balancing the wine’s blue fruits and violet florals around the wine’s driving, implosive mineral core. This is absolutely one of my faves from these 2015s, one not to miss. Lots of WOWs in my notes, a little star * awarded here. "Bright red. A note of cassis-leaf reduction to the aromas of blackcurrant, smoke and earth. Distinctly rocky flavors of black cherry, brambly blackberry and menthol. In a very linear style, showing a chalky texture and finishing with dusty tannins. This is like sucking on a rock. Rossignol, who always destems this fruit, suggests starting to drink this seriously structured wine in ten years." 91-93 Steve Tanzer " Nicolas Rossignol described the 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Roncerets as his "baby," although he warned that it does need time. It has a well-defined bouquet with blackberry, raspberry and hints of marmalade and mandarin lending towards its opulence. The palate is well balanced with supple tannin, very well-judged acidity, plenty of blackcurrant and raspberry fruit, a pinch of white pepper and orange pith towards the well-executed finish. This is a classy Volnay that should give up to 15 years of drinking pleasure, possibly more." 92-94 Neil Martin
  • "(vinified with 50% whole clusters; still in barrel; part of this cuvée is from rented vines): Bright medium red. Sexy, wild scents of redcurrant, tobacco, leather and spices lifted by a floral topnote. Juicy and complex on the palate, with red and dark fruit and floral flavors accented by a hint of cinnamon. There's a faint medicinal aspect here, as well as obvious calcaire energy. The wine's tannins arrive late and build, giving this rather stony wine a slightly tough finish." 91-93 Steve Tanzer "(50% whole clusters). A very ripe yet attractively fresh nose is more floral still with its notes of lilac, lavender and violet that add both elegance and breadth to the plum liqueur and cassis scents. The round yet concentrated and powerful flavors are blessed with copious amounts of dry extract that coats the palate on the ever-so-slightly warm finish. This is somewhat less refined than it usually is but it certainly doesn’t lack for richness. 91/2022+" Allan Meadows ------->
  • Nico’s Volnay villages comes from five different parcels of quite old vines, ages 65-70 years. In great years, it can perform well above its station, offering some of the best value of the cellar. I would file this 2015 villages alongside the ’05, ’09, and ’10 as the best villages I have tasted here. It presents great purple fruited sappiness and florals aromatically, that then follows to a dense sense of blue/black fruits and violets in the mouth, finishing long and pure, the violet floral register resonating for some time. Whilst not the last word in complexity, there is a whole ‘lotta Volnay substance here, and a whole ‘lotta of pleasure... "(from 5 different lieux-dits). A ripe, fresh and pretty nose combines notes of various red berries, soft earth and ample floral nuances. There is a discreet bead of minerality suffusing the dense yet sleek middle weight flavors that deliver solid depth and length. Note that this will need at least a few years of bottle age first. (88-91)/2021+" Allan Meadows
  • I didn't get to tate this one.....seems like Allan dug it big time. "(25% whole clusters). Very ripe and distinctly earthy and gamy liqueur-like aromas of dark berries and plum precede the powerful and admirably well-concentrated flavors that brim with dry extract on the highly persistent and complex finale. This bold and robust effort is excellent if not particularly refined but then again elegance is not why one buys Fourneaux. 92/2025+" Allan Meadows ------->
  • My note : "Terrific. In sappy purity and clarity, this has gorgeous poise, with light grippy tannin and plenty of mineral dry extract and depth. Wowzers this is a complete little wine." Looks like Steve liked this one too.... "(from a 0.8-hectare vineyard planted on iron-rich rocky soil across from Corton-Charlemagne): Bright, dark red. Aromas of cherry, iron, tobacco and flowers show lovely clarity but suggest a dense wine. Highly concentrated, saline and deep, showing good medicinal reserve and energy to its black cherry fruit. Has the stuffing to support its tongue-dusting tannins on the sweet, long back end. This superb Pernand-Vergelesses wine won't be bottled until March or April, according to Rossignol, who noted that this cuvée does best in hot years like 2015, as it has a tendency toward strictness." 90-92 Steve Tanzer
  • We begin with a wine that has always pet a pet favorite of mine, from a single 95 year old vineyard in Pommard names les Crenilles. Nico didn't show the 2015 to anybody, myself included, as there is never enough wine to go around (2-4 barrels made each year), and it already has a huge fan club. Historically, this wine is on my short list of most profound "bourgogne rouge" wines, as it behaves more like a 1er cru in quality with deeeeep old vine flavor impact. Based on what I know of this wine's historical character, allied both to the tremendous performance for Pommard in 2015 and for Nico in general, this one should be, once again, off the charts in substance meets value. This is sure to be a value hound's "as good as it gets". Get what you can justify/be allocated, and thank me later!! (we will have to see how much he will give me...!)
  • From the very first vineyard to enter into the estate red wine production, this has been a solid and completely loveable pet favorite of mine since I bought a ton of the 2012 version. This year, there were only 3 barrels made, so I am only getting two cases.....this year's was outstandingly charming, just plain gorgeous and pure. A little * awarded here. "Here there is no reductive funk on the floral-infused red berry fruit aromas that introduce succulent and surprisingly refined middle weight flavors that flash only a trace of rusticity on the balanced and lingering finish. Tuvilains is rarely anything other than overtly rustic yet that is not the case with this pretty example. (89-92)/2023+" Allan Meadows
  • The same sense of soaring and gorgeous fruit, albeit in a different slightly blacker fruit tone, is once again self evident here, with the lightly tannic grip of the clay dominant soils of Chorey giving some chewy savory presence. Again, the sense of purity and class here is striking, with a solid sense of depth (50+ year old vines). A great little villages wine that is very representative of Chorey les Beaune's sturdy, savory virtues with even more charm than one often encounters.
  • This is the first Auxey Duresses that I have ever offered, I believe! Based on Allen's input, the solar '15 vintage offers even more finesse than is commonly found from Auxey, a great opportunity for a "best first impression"..... "This too is moderately toasty with its pretty and fresh nose of pungent earth, dark currant, raspberry and a whiff of the sauvage. There is excellent underlying tension to the lightly stony medium weight flavors that culminate in a youthfully austere and somewhat rustic finale. This is very Auxey in basic character. (88-90)/2024+" Allan Meadows"
  • From a single lieu dit, les Maisons Dieu, that was once classified as a Pommard villages. This should be yet another tremendous single parcel Bourgogne value, a category that I champion with aplomb. Value hounds should get some of each Bourgogne, and thank me later....In their words: "The name of Maison-Dieu is linked to the existence of a building that welcomed the pilgrims on their way to Santiago de Compostela and acted as hospice that cared for the sick. This house would have been abandoned in the 17th century because of the proximity of the Hospices de Beaune. This parcel of vines in the Burgundy appellation is in the territory of the commune of Pommard. It is planted on the edge of the Pommard Village appellations, and was sold until 1937-1938, the date of the classification of regional appellations, villages, 1er Cru and Grand Cru, in the Pommard appellation." ""(Maison Dieu is the name of an actual lieu-dit situated in Pommard but Violot chooses to employ the term cuvée anyway; in the period prior to 1937 this well-situated parcel was declared as Pommard rather than Bourgogne). Reduction currently dominates the underlying fruit but there is both good freshness and verve to the delicious, round and almost velvety middle weight flavors that possess unusually good power and length along with fine depth. There is a trace of warmth but overall, this boxes well above its weight and is highly recommended. (87-89)/2021+" Allen Meadows -----> "particularly outstanding for their respective appellations and especially merit your attention."
  • Just as Rugiens is considered the Grand cru example of the south side of the village, les Epenots is and always has been the northern side equivalent, albeit of a very different personality. Chez Parent, it is always a blend of both Grands and Petits Epenots, and is consistently of the best in the village. Its sense of Grand cru class is self evident.....In their own words: "Finesse, density, and an innate sense of harmony characterize this Grand Vin. An intense color, an expressive nose of violets and red fruits such as cherries or morellos express great complexity. The mouth is fleshy and concentrated, the tannins are silky, very fine, and elegant." This is as good as it gets, folks......Class in a glass!! "(from both Grands and Petits). This is also moderately toasty with its very ripe aromas of earth, the sauvage and layered dark cherry and currant that are trimmed in pretty spice wisps. The rich, round and velvety big-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that serves to buffer the mouth coating tannins on the impressively well-balanced and highly persistent finish. This is a very firm but marvelously good Epenots and one to strongly consider. (92-94)/2030+" --------> "particularly outstanding for their respective appellations and especially merit your attention" "The 2015 Pommard 1er Cru Les Epenots has an enticing bouquet with hints of kirsch infiltrating the vibrant Morello cherry and crushed strawberry fruit, a hint of blood orange in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with caressing tannin, well-judged acidity, a little confit fruit towards the finish and a lovely subtle tang of marmalade on the aftertaste. This will be a delicious Pommard from Anne Parent that should age with style. Superb." 92-94 Neil Martin
  • In their own words: "A generous wine with a balanced sense of substance and structure, enveloped by a fleshy and gourmand fruitiness. A spicy nose, with notes of raspberries and cherry accompanied by a touch of licorice. Ample in the mouth with elegant tannins, unctuous, and beautiful length". Seems like we have another reference point example here...... "(from 60+ year old vines). A mildly toasty nose consists of super-fresh and airy aromas featuring the cool essence of red pinot fruit that reflects discreet notes of earth and spiced tea. There is excellent detail if less refinement to the more concentrated broad-shouldered flavors that possess excellent depth and length on the serious and mouth coating finish. This is very Chaponnières, which is to say robust and powerful but not especially rustic or youthfully austere; that said, note well that ample patience will be necessary. (91-94)/2027+" Allan Meadows ---------> "particularly outstanding for their respective appellations and especially merit your attention"