With the arrival to a hillside portion of the flagship Champs Martin, we take a notable and shocking step up in complexity/dynamism. Arresting aromas of violets, spice, limestone, light black fruits, and something sanguine; just gorgeous. Then in the mouth, it has both impressive concentration, freshness, power, and airy length. There is no doubt about it, this is class in a glass. Bruno described this one as a “femme sur un cheval”, or a woman on a horse. And I can see just what he means in its marriage of power and finesse. A little * awarded here. Value hounds, heads up!!!
“Lorenzon’s 2017 Mercurey 1er Cru Champs Martin Rouge was showing especially well, offering up a pretty bouquet of raspberries, plums, potpourri, licorice and a stable hint of dark chocolate. On the palate, it’s medium to full-bodied, deep and layered, with a broad-shouldered frame of powdery tannin, ripe acids and a long, sapid finish. Vinified with two-thirds whole cluster, its effortlessness marks it out as one of the finest renditions of this cuvée that I’ve tasted.” 93 William Kelley