With our first tranche of vintage releases for Vineyard Partner’s Option wines in our Bordeaux, Champagne and Loire Valley vineyards, we now look forward to our imminent release of wines from Burgundy and Beaujolais.
As we put together our tasting notes, here are just a few highlights to look out for:
Our lovely Fleurie from Domaine de la Madone has attractively crisp, pure, deep-fruited flavours with fine, crunchy tannins. The 2014 vintage is one of the best this decade, perhaps since the remarkable 2005s. This slightly lighter, fruity, supple and lower alcohol wine is so friendly. Drink now or keep until 2023 (if you can!)
Partner’s Gevrey-Chambertin En Songe, also from the excellent 2014 vintage, is as its name suggests, a ‘dream’ – deep in colour, with an engaging combination of ripe black fruits, toasty oak, and mocha on the nose.
On the palate it has lovely pure, fresh blackberry and dark cherry fruit, but chocolatey richness too with touches of mocha, vanilla and spice. The finish is long as well as pristine, with minerality and fine balance.
Our medal-winning Beaune Premier Cru is also one to watch – although you won’t see it for long. Only two barrels were made for us! This rare 1er Cru is perfumed with a smoky, spicy, menthol nose leading to a vividly fresh and mineral palate with layers of strawberry and raspberry fruit, cream, pepper and spice.
For white burgundy fans, Vincent’s Côte de Nuits-Villages blanc is a deepish straw colour and has a sumptuous nose of butterscotch, vanilla spice, mandarin and ripe citrus fruit. In the mouth it is fresh, powerful and spicy with lime, lemon and exotic fruits.
It’s rich and powerful with creamy, buttery notes and yet it finishes very long and harmoniously with fine minerality at the end It offers 1er Cru quality at Villages prices!
The Burgundy and Beaujolais vintage releases will be available in April.