les Vaucrains is upper slope par excellence, with very poor stony soil, hence the vineyard’s name: “Vaut rien”= worth nothing= Vaucrains. It is usually darker in color and both a bit more beasty and dense then les Cailles and les St Georges. The Michelot example is as good as it gets…..once again in ’13, she has produced a classic.
“It is quite surprising to find a recalcitrant example of Cailles in the same cellars where the Vaucrains is absolutely singing, but that was the case at Domaine Michelot in December. This is one of the best young vintages of Vaucrains I have had the pleasure to taste chez Michelot, as the wine soars from the glass in a gorgeous and sappy blend of red and black cherries, plums, cocoa, nutskin, a beautifully complex base of soil tones, gamebirds and violets. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows off outstanding mid-palate depth, with excellent focus and grip, ripe tannins and superb backend energy on the very long and transparent finish. Great juice in the making. 2023-2060. 94.”