As an example of the blended complexity of principally Côte Blonde parcels, in red fruited brightness and savory olive/lavender, with present but fine tannic structure, this is class in a glass and an exceptional value……
“8 lieu-dits, 11 plots, 94-95% Syrah, 5-6% Viognier, 1.2 ha Boucharey (1960s), 0.88 ha Côte Blonde (1966), 0.66 ha Les Bercheries (1981), 0.34 ha Chevalière (1996-97)” JLL general info on the cuvée
A modern day classic in the making, at what continues to be unrivaled value for the quality/appellation…..get a little stash of these and thank me later…..
“Glistening violet. Smoke- and mineral-accented cherry and black raspberry scents are complemented by suggestions of tobacco, violet and cracked pepper. Silky in texture and lively on the palate, offering gently sweet dark berry, cherry compote and floral pastille flavors firmed by a spine of juicy acidity. The spicy note returns on an impressively long, penetrating finish that shows very good clarity and subtle, fine-grained tannins.” 93 Josh Raynolds
“a variety of sources; this was vinified in the 52 hl tronconic oak vat, then mostly transferred to the oak casks for its raising. 1) tronconic vat **** dark red. Has a curvy, sexy aroma of Morello black cherries, a light toffee note, violets in the second tier. It’s a charming and promising start, is well struck. The palate runs with tasty fruit, yum yum, black fruit coulis on wheels. There is a light pepperiness, but the feel is juicy, flowing, attractive. Go-go fruit here. It’s a good northern wine with the southern sunshine in nice proportion. It will close, but is great on its early fruit. Pleasure and decent balance, too here. “Since one to two months, it is nourishing well; I reckon people will; go for this, especially with 2015 a stubborn vintage,” Patrick Jasmin. 2028-30 2) new 400-litre oak cask ***(*) dark red. Smoked oak, toffee, black cherry mix in a nose of potential more than being open; it’s sturdy. The palate has a solid base, with black fruits, blackberry, blueberry at its heart. Elegant fruit within pushes on to a clear close. The length is sound. This can make gradual gains. From 2020. 2029-31 3) new 500-litre cask **** dark red; black cherry-oak mix, raspberry liqueur, a beau and well-founded nose. Has a good, active attack, its fruit showing gusto, has live prompts from its tannins, precise moments. Stylish, Burgundian. 2029 or so 4) 3 year 600-litre cask ***(*) lees and reduction on the nose that has a couch of red fruits, pepper also. The palate fruit is clear, and there is good tingle on the finish. 12-14 years. OVERALL **** a stylish year in prospect, with a gentle sturdiness that will underpin it well. I would leave it until 2021, then go for its then less latent gourmandise and pleasure. 2031-33 July 2017” 4 stars John Livingstone Learmonth