"Aux Malconsorts - Christiane" 1er cru de Vosne Romanée 2007

The vintage

For those of us who like fresh and refreshing wines with fairly low alcohol and bright acidity accompanied by correct aromatic and phenolic maturities, we have been waiting for this vintage for a long time ! The hot and warm months of April and May forewarned an early harvest, likely at the end of August, but the weather changed to chilly and rainy for the rest of the summer. We pushed back the harvest dates because, as was generally the case for this vintage, one of the keys to success was that it could not be rushed. We started at

the very end of August with the reds, and after a few days break, we picked the whites.

The reds show a very fresh nose with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry and red currant along with floral notes. We chose to use a significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation because the grape and stem quality was high. The mouthfeels are full, fleshy and generous. The noses are vibrantly intense ; the tannins are fine, silky and integrated with the fruit ; and overall, there is a sensation of balance and freshness that persists through the long, mineral finish. As for whites, the 2007 vintage represents what we like in noble white wines : grace, heightened minerality and lots of restraint..

Tasting notes

- (70% stems). A slightly more expressive and notably spicier nose of primarily red berry fruit aromas that also carry ample floral and earth influence over to the rich and full flavors that somewhat surprisingly do not possess the same degree of complexity, at least not at this very early juncture, while culminating in a serious, powerful and long finish that is a bit denser. I very much like the vibrancy and completeness. A qualitative choice though the Christiane is a bit more firmly structured. (91-94)/2015+

- Medium red. Ineffable perfume of wild strawberry and white pepper. Then juicy, tight and backward, with a more powerful crushed-stone minerality than the "regular" Malconsorts but not the previous wine's texture and complexity. The energy of this wine is exceptional but I find it hard to taste today. Montille says it's deeper than the regular wine, but I'll wait to taste these two wines in bottle. Incidentally, these two cuvees offer a rare near-perfect experiment in terroir, as the two parcels feature vines planted at the same time and were vinified with 80% whole clusters and the identical percentage of new oak.92
By Stephen TANZER