Domaine Comte de Vogüé
Villages Red barrel
Tasted: Jan 15, 2017
Note: from vines in the southwest portion of the village and includes some declassified 1ers from Les Baudes and Fuées
Producer note: Resident enologist François Millet described the 2015 vintage as one that had a “relatively straightforward growing season with an extremely dry and hot June and July. The leaves were beginning to turn brown on their edges but there was just enough rain in August to revive the vines and re-equilibrate the fruit. We chose to begin picking on the 3rd of September and I’m glad that we chose to harvest on the earlier side as the fruit was clearly ripe and in a hot vintage like 2015, it was super important to preserve the freshness and supporting acidity. Moreover the fruit was exceptionally clean though yields were on the low side at between 20 to 25 hl/ha. Given how clean and ripe the fruit was the vinifications were relatively simple and just as it was with the picking date, I did everything I could to preserve the freshness. As to the wines at this point in their evolution, I believe we succeeded in preserving that sense of freshness as they’re energetic and while they have excellent concentration, they’re not the least bit heavy; plus they have that natural sweetness that makes them highly seductive. They should age well for a very long time if that’s how people want to drink them.” I was most impressed with the de Vogüé 2015s and in particular the Musigny; it should eventually prove to be one of the great wines of the vintage. The 2014s, revisited below, were bottled between January and March 2016. (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 very pretty and elegant nose merges notes of spice and floral elements with those of red and dark currant. There is fine richness to the relatively full-bodied flavors that possess a caressing mouth feel as well as a subtle minerality that extends to the delicious and seductive finale where a hint of bitter pit cherry emerges.