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."
  • 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"
  • Always a pet favorite of mine since I was introduced to this climat by Nico Rossingol, we shift gears to the south side of the village, on the upper slope of 1er crus, next to the 1er cru Rugiens-haut. The sense of class and complexity here is outstanding, an example that will redefine any perception of foursquare rustic Pommard you may harbor. In their own words:"A racy, sensual, and elegant wine. A powerful nose marked by black fruits enhanced with a floral note. Quite deep in the mouth, with undeniable minerality and fine tannin." Get some!!! "An arresting if restrained nose reluctantly displays floral, spice and soft earth nuances on the ripe red and dark currant-scented aromas. There is first-rate delineation to the vibrant and tautly muscular medium weight flavors that exude an almost pungent minerality on the firm, serious and youthfully austere finish where about the only nit is a very mild hint of warmth. This is built-to-age and is going to need it. (91-93)/2025+" Allan Meadows -------> "particularly outstanding for their respective appellations and especially merit your attention"