There is enough
reduction present to currently mask the underlying fruit though it does appear
to be ripe. Otherwise there is good
richness and concentration to the velvet-textured medium weight flavors that
possess solid punch on the balanced, long and delicious finale. This should drink reasonably well young if
desired. 90 points /2021+
Beaune "Champs Pimont"
(this wasn't produced
in 2012, 2013 and 2014 due to hail damage).
A cool, pure and attractively fresh nose features notes of red and black
cherry along with hints of spice, earth and violet. There is very fine complexity to the more
vibrant and mineral-driven flavors that display a saline hint on the admirably
persistent finish. Lovely stuff and
worth considering. 92 points /2022+
Volnay "En Carelle"
This too is quite
aromatically cool and fresh and even a touch more elegant as well with its
spicier and more floral-scented nose of mostly liqueur-like blue pinot
fruit. The sleek, refined and lacy
middle weight flavors possess a subtle minerality and a more refined mouth feel
if perhaps not quite the same overall depth.
Still this is a really lovely effort and textbook En Carelle. 92
Volnay "Clos de la Chapelle"
(A .55 ha monopole).
Elegant floral notes sit atop the red currant and black cherry-scented
nose. There is an absolutely gorgeous
mouth feel to the beautifully detailed and minerally flavors that are lacy to
the point of being delicate yet there is a firm lashing of fine tannins that
should permit this beauty to reward up to a decade of cellar time. Lovely juice and very Volnay in style. 93
Pommard "Les Chanlins Vieilles Vignes"
(from a .25 ha parcel). A densely
fruited nose combines notes of markedly ripe but fresh aromas of dark pinot
fruit, spice, warm earth and a wisp of violet.
The elegant yet powerful medium-weight flavors also exude a fine
minerality that continues onto the sappy, balanced and beautifully persistent
finish. This muscular effort is notably
more structured and is going to need at least 6 to 8 years and should
ultimately reward 12 to 15. 93 points /2027+
The whole cluster
ferment is evident as there is a hint of herbal tea present on the ripe dark
berry fruit liqueur-like aromas that are liberally sprinkled with spice, lilac
and violet scents. The admirably pure
and mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors are at once succulent yet powerful,
all wrapped in a youthfully austere finish.
Lovely. (91-94) points /2025+
Pommard "Les Grands Epenots"
An attractively fresh, cool and restrained nose is composed primarily of
black fruit liqueur and warm earth nuances.
There is a lovely refinement to the seductively textured but
well-detailed medium weight flavors that terminate in a tight if slightly dry
finish. This may very well successfully
age out such that the dryness dissipates with time and my predicted range
offers the benefit of the doubt in this regard.
(89-92) points /2027+
renders the nose impossible to evaluate.
Otherwise there is excellent volume and power to the broad-shouldered
flavors that possess fine mid-palate concentration while delivering superb
punch on the very firm but not really all that austere finale. This is clearly built-to-age and is
absolutely going to need it. (92-94) points /2030+
Notably ripe yet
still fresh and pretty aromas speak of liqueur-like dark berry fruit, earth,
game and a floral top note. I very much
like the sense of vibrancy present on the more refined but still sizeable
big-bodied flavors that are a touch less muscular while still offering ample
power and punch on the firm, serious and impressively long finish. Like the Epenots there is a touch of backend
dryness but here it is much more subtle and thus I have fewer concerns that it
will eventually age out. (92-94) points /2030+