The vintage

2015 began with a mild and rainy winter, essential to increase the water table level. The very sunny and warm weather quickly dominated and characterized this vintage. Early budding out was encouraged by the mild temperatures of April. And with the same trend, the temperatures of late May and June allowed a serene flowering in both our Côte de Nuits and Côte de Beaune vineyards. The months of July and August showed warmer temperatures than average, even at night, though without the heat waves like in 2003. As the heat and drought began to delay the veraison and the vines started suffering, the rains in mid-August saved them and helped revive maturation. The vines grew almost ideally and produced impeccable quality fruit; with small berries and thick skins full of anthocyanins.

We started harvesting our whites on August 31st with a lot of freshness and very nice acidities. Therefore, our whites do not show any over ripe aromas, all the contrary, they are astonishing by their freshness and their length. Some wines will be ready to drink in their youth; between 2 and 5 years old (Burgundy and some villages). But 2015 is also a vintage with aging potential (7 to 10 years) for the great wines like our Puligny 1er Cru Les Folatières, and Chevalier Grand Cru.

Tasting notes

The 2015 Monthélie 1er Cru Les Duresses has a pleasant, green apple and light peach-scented bouquet that is nicely defined. The palate is fresh and leesy on the entry with notes of pink grapefruit and melon. I like the weight and vibrancy here, with an attractive apricot-tinged finish. Worth looking out for once in bottle

Score: 87-89        Tasted: Oct, 2017    Drink: 2021+    Issue: 228, date 30th December 2017         

Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

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