Perhaps their most celebrated flagship cuvée, this is the lone terres brunes (darker iron rich granit/schist) entrant, from a single very steep terraced parcel in les Rochins. 20-25% whole cluster, aged in 40% new oak, from 20 year old vines; the first vintage for this cuvée was 2003. This is their Grand cru Brune bottling, self-evidently of great harmonious class and intensity, at once voluptuous, broader than the terres blondes wines, and ever rising on the finish. This is just crazy class in a glass…..a little * awarded here. I am early this year, so I can likely get a few more bottles….get it while the gettin’ is good. 9 barrels made, ie 225 cases for the world.
“”Glass-staining ruby. Assertively perfumed aromas of mineral-accented blackberry, boysenberry, incense, smoky bacon. Juicy, penetrating and alluringly sweet, offering concentrated dark berry and cherry liqueur, violet candy, vanilla and licorice flavors and a touch of bitter chocolate that emerges on the back half. Finishes broad and extremely long, with building tannins and repeating floral and mineral notes. (made with 25% whole clusters and raised in one-third new oak)” 94 Josh Raynolds