Cask sample. Aromatic. Lots of energy. Solid and savory and embryonic. Nice graininess of tannins.
Beaune 1er Cru “Les Grèves” Reviews
This opulent, richly concentrated Pinot Noir balances glossy cassis and blackberry flavors against a sturdy frame of tannins and seductive whiffs of sauvage. Cellar until 2024 at least; the wine should improve and gain perfume and complexity well through 2035 and hold further still. Cellar Selection.
This starts out sleek, evoking macerated cherry, berry, mineral and tobacco flavors. The dense tannins exert themselves on the finish, which is long and complex. Fine balance, but this needs time. Best from 2024 through 2037. 409 cases made, 36 cases imported. — BS
A structured wine that is also full of ripe fruit. Its red-berry fruits are encased in the tannins that still need to soften. The wine will be generous, full of berry flavors and with a dense texture.
Bright medium red. Aromas of redcurrant, cherry and spices. Offers more energy and definition than the Clos du Roi, with higher-pitched flavors of spices and red fruits. A juicy Beaune wine with a touch of youthful bitterness on the back end, but sound acids and tannins give grip to the finish.
A small wine with graceful power in its tannins, this is focused more on earthy vegetal and mineral character than on any direct fruitiness. The flavors last, perfumed with spice. Pour it with something fatty, like duck rillettes.
The ripe and brooding nose grudgingly reveals notes of dark cherry, raspberry, violets and plenty of earth character. There is both good volume and solid mid-palate concentration to the rich but detailed medium weight flavors that deliver reasonably good depth and length on the ever-so-slightly austere finish. The dusty mouth feel and moderately firm tannic spine suggests that this will need at least 5 to 7 years of cellar time and 8 to 10 wouldn’t surprise me as this is clearly backward at the moment. I would further note that this is a good deal more concentrated and serious than is typical for the Boisset wines.
This has the earthen cool of a cave, its bright red cherry flavors shaded toward dark rose and smoky tannins. Quiet rather than flashy, this has enough flavor concentration and spicy tannins to develop over the next several years.