Domaine Comte de Vogüé
Grand Cru Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2016
Note: from a 2.67 ha parcel situated entirely in terres rouges soil in the south-west portion of the vineyard
Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2014 vintage as one that had a “very precocious and clement spring that jump started the vegetative cycle while also allowing for an even and rapid flowering. Unfortunately those conditions didn’t hold as we had what we French call a Scottish summer! It was constantly rainy, quite cool and generally just miserable where grape maturities barely budged for almost two months. Thankfully things abruptly changed for the better at the very end of August and maturities finally increased due to all of the water that the vines had stockpiled during the summer. It’s a good thing too because I have to say that I was not particularly optimistic at the middle of August. We finally began picking on the 13th of September and while there was some sorting required it was mostly for under ripe berries rather than Suzukii problems or rot. Yields weren’t particularly high but they were the best that we have seen since 2009. Potential alcohols were good if not high at between 12 and 12.5% which is just fine as acidities and phenolic maturities were also good. As to the wines, I very much like their innate sense of balance as they have everything that they need. They have the benefit of a lovely freshness that is allied with just the right amount of ripeness which is what makes them so well-balanced.” The 2013s, revisited below, were bottled between January and March 2015. (Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, San Francisco, CA, Country Vintner, www.countryvintner.com, Ashland, VA, Veritas Imports, www.veritaswine.com, CO/NM, Ideal Wines, www.idealwine.us, Boston MA, Atlanta Wholesale Wines, email [email protected], GA, C’est Vin, LLC, 703/243-3559, Arlington, VA; Corney & Barrow, www.corneyandbarrow.com, and Dreyfus, Ashby & Co., www.dreyfusashby.com, both UK).
Tasting note: A completely different aromatic profile is present with its much earthier array of notably fresh red berries and discreet sauvage aromas. There is excellent richness to the muscular and full-bodied flavors that also possess fine mid-palate concentration that coats the mouth and helps to buffer the very firm tannic spine on the seamlessly proportioned finale. This very firmly structured effort is clearly going to require 15 to 20 years to arrive at its peak.