Domaine Comte Georges de Vogue
“In 2015 we had a drought in June-July but it was not that long, not like in 1976. In August the rain unblocked the maturation cycle, though there was not too much. It was a heatwave like in 2003, but the rain on August 15 rebalanced the ratio between the solid and the liquid. We picked on 3 September before the rain [on 12 September]. The fruit was ripe. We didn't see any reason to postpone the harvest and the picking conditions were very nice. The picking took 5 days as bunches were very clean, therefore there was hardly anything to sort. The drought had concentrated the wine and the freshness, which was a very good surprise, imparting this mineralité and energy. At the time of the drought everyone was worried about the freshness but it is not an issue. The tartaric acidity was preserved even if there was a low amount of malic, around 1gm/L instead of 3gm/L. The pH levels are beautiful. They create sorbet fruit and floral aromas - if the vintage is respected. I think it is a 'terroir vintage,' which is not evident at the start. The Musigny Vieilles Vignes is not as aged as the Bonnes-Mares [that is to say, the progress of the Musigny in barrel is lagging behind the rest] and it will probably be bottled later than the others. I hope 2015 does not overshadow 2014, even if it does not have the same concentration.”
Frédéric Mille (wine maker)
2015 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
Note: Fruit for this wine is sourced 100% from their Grand Cru Musigny Vineyard.
This is equally pretty and even cooler with its airy mix of both red and dark pinot fruit, violet, plum, exotic tea and all but invisible wood nuances. There is excellent volume and punch to the focused and quite powerful medium weight flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel on the even more mineral-inflected finish that goes on and on. Note well however that this is very much built-to-age and is going to need it.
91-93, Allen Meadows, Bourghound, Issue 65
2015 Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru
Deep ruby color. The extract of black cherry nose is interwoven with notes of earth, violet, spice and plum liqueur scents. The very dense and serious yet vibrant and relatively refined big-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that serves to mostly buffer the powerful and very firm tannic spine on the once again naturally sweet, sappy and massively long finish. This is the first vintage in several years where this wine appears to be qualitatively equal to the Amoureuses, at least at this early juncture.
92-95, Allen Meadows, Bourghound, Issue 65
2015 Musigny Blanc Grand Cru
Previously bottled under the Bourgogne Blanc classification, 2015 marks the vines coming of age, taking their rightful place as Grand Cru. Replanting of this site first began in 1986 with subsequent plantings continuing to decrease the average vine age. In 1993 youth surpassed the old and the last vintage of Musigny Blanc was produced, until now.
This is an extremely rare and sort after wine and the only example of Grand Cru White Burgundy from the Cote de Nuits.
2015 Musigny VV Grand Cru
Like the Amoureuses this too is kaleidoscopically spicy with its broad-ranging nose of red cherry, cassis, plum, violet, Asian-style tea, sandalwood and hoisin. The velvety and mouth coating imposingly-scaled and intense mineral-driven flavors are also blessed with seemingly endless reserves of dry extract that coat the palate on the highly seductive finish that delivers fantastically good length on the youthfully austere, backward and immaculately well-balanced finale. This too is going to require a very long snooze in a very cool cellar but it should be a remarkable Musigny when it emerges. Don't Miss.
95-98, Allen Meadows, Bourghound, Issue 65
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