Attended a virtual tasting with Anne Parent, winemaker for Domaine Parent. The Domaine started making wine back in the 17th century. Many thanks to my good friend @Mike R for setting it all up.
What makes this wine special (aside from the fact that it’s only produced in special years) is the fact that it’s not a typical Bourgogne...70% of this wine comes from the Village of Pommard (70+yr old vines) and 30% of this wine comes from premiers crus vineyards. Clearly a step up from most producers typical Bourgogne, which is a massive amalgamation of fruit. A true testament to Domaine Parent and the threshold for quality.
30min decant and then followed it over the next two hours. Beautiful out of the gate, with so much floral and spice aromatics. Potpourri, spiced rhubarb, dried cranberries, fleshy black cherries, black tea herbal nuances and a brief sweet note of brown sugar. Fairly mellow and plush on the palate with classic underbrush, typical Pommard dried red and black fruits, and a tart, energetic and delicious finish. Nothing thin or overly herbal here. Like a Rivers-Marie Sonoma Coast with more restraint. Wonderful QPR. — 3 days ago
The great MONOPOLE of the estate. Stunning, “why you pay big bucks for Burgundy” type of perfume. Deep and penetrating aromas of black raspberry, violet pastille, stunning deep and clean minerals, hints of game and smoked meats. Floral. Just so so complex. So lifted and layered. Truly truly just a ridiculous nose. Super elite. Palate is immaculate. The finesse is top .001% and the density is crazy allied with that finesse and super impressive pure, deep and vivid fruit. So sappy and stoney. Young obviously as this is the top red at Bouley, but what noble fruit and how it saturates the palate and stays there. So so complex but this wine has so much more to say. I’ll be back. Score will likely go higher. — 3 days ago
An especially salty, lean, Irancy with beautiful aromatics and concentration. Vauthier blurs the borders of Gang Beaujolais and Burgundy. The nose is both reductive and seductive - raspberries and strawberries, spiced orange with perfumed iodine. Big tannins from whole cluster Pinot - it could soften it edges but still enjoyed to the last of it. — 3 days ago
Love this from Buffet. 100+ year old vines. Nose is super stoney, I mean super stoney, earthy, with some hints of cherry and blackberry fruit. Some feral and gamey notes but it’s holding back. You can tell it’s about to explode with aroma. Par for the course for Rugiens. Some nice spice now and pound cake aromas. Ok, brilliant sour cherry fruit and late season cherry all mixed in. Now mineral air, gorgeous crushed rocks and so much more. Dynamite! Just an insane nose. 9.6 on the nose. Palate is chewy, dense, firm, creamy and elegant with gorgeous pure black cherry and mid season cherry fruit, brilliant freshness. The nose keeps getting better and better now it is a crazy symphonic perfume. Substantial structure and yet tannins so fine. Huge concentrated fruit and explosiveness but so fine and so nimble. Again obviously young but so so promising. I’ll be back and score will be higher.
UPDATE: after 6 hours it has not budged beyond superb aromas. I think it will be better tomorrow. — 3 days ago
Pale colour with a touch of evolution at the meniscus. The nose has beautiful red fruit, notes of tea, spices and just a touch of evolution and tertiary aromas. The wine is medium to soft bodied, with soft and silky tannins, classy, elegant, with a long finish on tart red fruit. Very good purity of fruit here, delicious and very good for this lighter vintage. 92-93pts. Couleur assez pale à peine tuilée au ménisque. Le nez a un beau fruit rouge légèrement compoté, des notes de thé, un peu épicé, à peine quelques aromes tertiaires. La bouche est de corps moyen à souple avec des tannins soyeux et fondus, le fruit est pur, le vin est frais avec une élégance exaemplaire, une belle longueur sur une finale délicieuse avec des fruits rouges très légèrement acidulés, savoureux. 92-93pts — 3 days ago
Vintage 2015 tasting with the WNH and Anne herself - she is an amazing person and one brilliant winemaker - she did this tasting from her heart and if you ever want to a wine rockstar that is humble refined and caring about the craft she is definitely the ticket
From her and I quote “A faint toast, part of a modest width of aroma. Also fine texture, less overt volume, but more line and a lovely mid-palate flavour – redder fruited – fine small waves of fine finishing flavour – simply lovely!”
I will add such structure and balance and it is just a baby - give this wine 5-10 years and it will be off the charts — 2 days ago
Vintage 2015 - opened by accident and was worried as this is definitely a baby - after 2.5 hours decant - this became on of my top three burgs ever - I know you will find this hard to believe and crazy to say but even at over 200 a bottle the wine drinks better than burgs I have had that are over 1,000 - this wine will age 20-30 years but I bet in 5 years it will incredible and in its prime drinking window
The grand cru was even more complex and the finish was extraordinarily long refined and supple - this is burg for the burg lover - a beautiful nose – the fruit is a beautiful, slightly textured with super clarity - In the mouth it’s the same - brilliant – clarity of width structure, tension, and the longest length ever – I love for this wine today but more tomorrow but not as much as I will in 5 years - a wine lover grand cru burg - Bravo Anne bravo!! — 2 days ago
Stunning drop dead nose. Wow. Stunning cherry flower. Insane mineral that is so clean. Smells like pure beautiful rocks. Quarry like. Red licorice. Just a heavenly perfume. So classic and old school and so clos Des chenes. Sappy mid season cherries as well. What a palate, amazing inner mouth aromas, such finesse, sweet and concentrated blackberry and black cherry fruit. Fine grained tannins. So elating. Long finish with permanent staining blackberry sap and juiciness. Really incredible balance for such a large framed wine that is also so delicate. What tannins. So fine. So detailed. There is such freshness here. Perfect marriage of 18 and Buffet style. Amazing raw materials here and sweetness of fruit. So so elegant. So young and so deep. This is a 25 year wine easy. Will be back once it airs. Spectacular. — 3 days ago
From a producer I really enjoy - in fact a 1998 clos de la roche from Lignier was one of the wines that got me very interested in burgundy several years ago. This probably needs a couple more years but was enjoyable with a 2 hour decant. A bit of green stemminess on initial pop, which mostly dissipates. Lots of dark cherry. Very mouth filling with green herbs. Quite balanced with a nice refreshing finish with good acid. For $40 a buy for sure to see how it develops. — 20 hours ago
Just brilliant - in 10 years the wine will be even better than the 2005s we all love so much - Across from Grands Epenots. Not a very deep soil. 40% wc and 45% new oak – about 21-22 days maceration for these 1ers.
Deep deep color here. Crazy structure and balance - refined and elegant tannins after a 90 minute decant - modest but pretty- wonderful texture that implies weight without over-delivering. Super depth of mid-palate - Mouth-watering finish — 2 days ago