|Nicole Lamarche now makes the wines at her family's domaine in Vosne|
I spent a few days in Burgundy back in November, opting to drive down in The Beast this vintage, rather than take the train as last year. It offers an additional level of freedom...plus one can stuff the boot with all sorts of French comestibles to enjoy back in Blighty. (You can read my daily blogging from the Côte here.)
The '15s are really very delicious indeed...but no biggie: everything from 2009 onward - before that even - has offered the burgundy wine lover a chance to access delightful wines from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay fruit. So what's special about the '15s?
Balance; richness; transparency; freshness; minerality. '15 has produced assertive, dense wines of great beauty. I recommend them wholeheartedly.
There is some diversity of style among both reds and whites and this is down to picking dates and the extraction of fruit and structure that took place during cuvaison in the winery. For my part, I prefer paler wines of lower alcohol and more delicacy, but there's lip-smacking stuff across the board.
|The Beast waiting patiently whilst I pop into the |
complexe sportif in Gevrey for lunch
I am putting together a really interesting spread of wines for an offering of 2015 burgundies. There will be price rises this year: unavoidable following severe frost damage to the vineyards occurring in early '16; damage that chronically shortened the crop this vintage and will most likely affect '17, too.
Can I ask that those interested in buying burgundy this year ping me an email to let me know? It would be useful to have some idea of the level of interest among Bowes Wine clients.