Red Burgundy ’16 & ’15: Superb Vintages, Different Styles (Jan 2018)

(roughly 25 hectoliters per hectare produced in 2015; Esmonin told me she uses 100% new oak for this cuvée in principle): Bright ruby-red. Tight, pure aromas of black fruits, licorice and minerals complemented by subtle oak spices. Dense, sweet and fine-grained, conveying an impression of strong energy and extract to its slightly inky black fruit and violet flavors. Plush and broad but not at all heavy. Best today on the rising, resounding finish. An outstanding, eminently ageworthy vintage for this bottling but even today it’s not especially austere.