Continuing the theme of overachieving substance as we arrive to the 1er cru portion of the range, this again offers exceptional value, from a most compelling high/low element, blending a .22 hectare morsel of upper slope les Duresses 1er cru (30 year old vines from the parcel that lends its name to the village itself) with a 50 year old .31 hectare morsel of lower slope les Grands Champs 1er cru. This had a great sense of finesse and class, with a certain dark red fruited sappy ripeness well harmonized with fine but present tannic structure and savory/earthy notes, as well as a substantially noteworthy trame minéral giving further animation and mouth watering salinity. In its sense of completeness and substance, of high toned airy minerality and bass toned earth/structure, this is a silly silly good value play. I additionally think that the sense of moderation in all things of the ’17 vintage is more my cup of tea than the solar density of the ’15 vintage offered below, but to each their own. I am sure that both bottles will please value minded Burgundy lovers and then some….
This is one of the “library” wines that I am able to offer, as when looking back at availability from earlier vintages, this is one of several that popped to attention. Hard to ask for more for your red Burgundy dolla’.
“(from Les Duresses and Grands Champs). A very ripe but still agreeably fresh nose speaks of aromas of dark cherry, cassis, earth and planting soil. The medium-bodied flavors possess fine volume, richness and mid-palate concentration along with a good level of dry extract, all wrapped in a firmly structured and lingering finale where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This powerful effort is worth considering provided you can allow it a few years of cellar time first. 90/2023+” Allan Meadows
“Good bright red. Very fresh black cherry on the nose, lifted by pungent minerality. Quite penetrating and tactile on the palate; less refined than most of these 2015s but shows excellent energy and thrust to its savory crushed-rock character. Finishes with a serious dusting of tannins and lingering floral lift. Not a fleshy wine; in fact, it may be in the process of shutting down in bottle right now.” 89 Steve Tanzer