2017 Jean Pierre Guyon Vosne Romanée 1er cru les Brulees

2017 Jean Pierre Guyon Vosne Romanée 1er cru les Brulees



At the top of the hierarchy, we find nothing but best-in-class, as-good-as-it-gets examples. From the first whiff of dark red fruits, intense purple florals, spice, and struck match stick smoky mineral reduction so very typical of les Brulées (the upper slope delight that it is), this screams class and classic. It has knee buckling gorgeous dark red fruit purity, precision, tension, and elegance of its components, with the subtly smoky mineral intensity on the ever rising finish leaving me in fits of painful beauty. I could wax further, but trust me when I say that this is quite simply as good as it gets. From 60+ year old vines. A little * awarded here. Jean-Pierre calls this one a sanglier (wild boar) for its wilder qualities, versus the delicacy of the 1er Orveau which he refers to as a biche (deer)……

“Served after En Orveaux this year. Richer darker colour more cooked fruit on the nose, dark berries, less elegance but more stuffing. There are some livelier notes behind then an intense blackcurrant, bramble and dark raspberry liqueur at the back. Magnificent muscles here, but so sensuous and in very good balance. I see why he changed the order. Tasted: November 2018.” 93-95 Jasper Morris

“There are three barrels of the 2017 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brûlées, a dramatic wine that bursts from the glass with aromas of peonies, burning embers, orange rind, sweet red plums, Asian spices and wild blueberries. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, ample and satiny, with an enveloping, almost unctuous profile that’s typical Brûlées, concluding with a long, succulent finish.” 92-94 William Kelley