Villages Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2016
Producer note: The always forthright and direct Yves Confuron (who is also the régisseur at Domaine de Courcel in Pommard), describes 2014 as having a “growing season that if you put the hail that fell in the Côte de Beaune aside really wasn’t too bad. Thankfully there was a good flowering with an even fruit set that gave us at least the possibility of having reasonable yields which definitely has not been the case in the last few years. As usual we were almost the last ones to pick as we didn’t begin the harvest until the 25th of September and while there was some sorting required it was less than usual. The fruit was ripe and clean and the vinifications unfolded without any issues to speak of. As to the wines they are juicy and fleshy yet precise with good freshness and really lovely balance. I find that they definitely respect the classification hierarchy yet each level made fine wines. Moreover unlike 2013 they should also be approachable young if desired. Overall I would call 2014 a good to very good vintage but not a great one.” Note that the two 2013s reviewed below were bottled in September 2015. (Beaune Imports, www.beauneimports.com, Berkley, CA; Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, Lea & Sandeman, www.leaandsandeman.co.uk and O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, all UK).
Tasting note: An overtly spicy and marked floral nose exhibits ripe and pretty plum and violet scents. There is fine depth to the energetic and well-detailed medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by phenolically mature tannins on the rich, dusty and lingering finale. This recommended effort should be approachable after only a few years but reward at least a decade.