■burghound.com 66号より抜粋■Note: vinified with 100% whole clusters
Producer note: Co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyere somewhat plaintively noted that 'finally we have a vintage with no hail or frost but we still couldn't produce anywhere close to the authorized amounts. This of course is never our goal but neither is it to produce less than 20 hl/ha from our vines in the Cote de Beaune. Remarkably enough it is worth pointing out that the 17 hl/ha that we produced on average from those vines was an actual net yield meaning that we basically had zero sorting losses because the fruit was absolutely spotless which is exceptionally rare. We chose to begin picking the chardonnay on the 1st of September and the pinot on the 7th and brought in fruit that was ripe and balanced, in fact there were no corrections of any kind. In certain cases we used quite a bit of whole clusters but it varied from zero to 100%. We also significantly reduced the amount of new wood to a maximum of 20% for the 1ers and to 50% for the grands crus. As to the difference in quality between the two Cotes, I like both quite a bit but if I had to choose, I would have to give the nod to our wines from the Cote de Nuits. What we produced in the Cote de Beaune is certainly very good but the battering the vines took for three consecutive years cannot be ignored. Overall, 2015 gave us superb fruit and I am very confident that consumers will find much to like as the wines are ripe, balanced and ageworthy.' As the commentaries will confirm, I am in general agreement with Labruyere that the wines from the Cote de Nuits outperformed those from the Cote de Beaune though the new wine, the Pommard 'Charmots', and the Clos des Santenots were excellent. Readers should also take a look herein at a new negociant partnership between Domaine Prieur and co-owner and general director Edouard Labruyere that is called Labruyere-Prieur Selection. (Frederick Wildman, www.frederickwildman.com, NY, USA and Jeroboam Wines, www.jeroboamwines.com, NY, USA; Berry Brothers & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Laytons, www.laytons.co.uk, and Coe Vintners, www.coevintners.com, all UK).
Tasting note: A discreet touch of wood frames the earthy and mildly sauvage-suffused aromas of plum and dark berry liqueur that are trimmed in pretty floral nuances. The fleshy, round and generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors really fan out on the palate before concluding in a slightly rustic and youthful austere finale. This will need at least a few years of bottle age first.
Tasted: Apr 15, 2017