Back-to-back: 2015 release of Domaine Bachelet-Monnot and Paul Jaboulet Aîné
Wednesday January 17, 2018
As they say, the character makes a man great. Or in the words of Mario Puzo in his acclaimed work, The Godfather, “Great men are not born great, they grow great . . .”
It is without a doubt, that a person’s greatness is measured by the actions he makes throughout his lifetime. And, if eventually, this individual reaches his highest potential and is deemed great. One's status at birth is not the sole reason for it. Factors like family and environment would really help shape or form a person’s insight, principles, feelings, and action.
But how do say the same for wines? What metrics do you consider to consider that one wine is great and the other one is not? Of course, they should be grown with utmost care under the most suitable condition. This in turn will affect its character [that is one of those parameters]. You can include taste, notes, aroma, and colour. These can all determine if one wine is indeed great.
Well, another thing is certain: some would say that the period when the grapes are harvested is a crucial matter in determining the quality of wines. There are drinkers who will hoard wines from a certain year, and then ignore any new release from another year.
Though frankly speaking, nowadays people from the business of wine retail would say that vintages can be overlooked. Why is that you say? It’s because modern technology allows producers to manipulate their wines in such a convenient manner.
Still, despite the varying opinions about the effect of the harvest year for wines, the verdict is in: 2015 is an exceptionally great year for winemakers and their products. It was the next big thing after the 2009 – 2010 winning years of wines. It has serious potential for aging. The best selections being silky textured, fresh, lush. 2015 has this fruity fragrance, concentration, and subtle power that is succulently sexy.
Reds, in particular those from Burgundy, have intoxicating aromas. It is also well-balanced and is remarkably ripe. Meanwhile, those from Rhône region also benefitted from the adequate ripeness of the grapes. It made them even more age-worthy while still delivering fantastic taste. Let us also not forget about the whites which are also rising up in worth due to its excellent quality.
Stephen Tanzer once said that the Domaine Bachelet-Monnot [BUY NOW] is a producer to follow. They make classic style wines with specific complexity and freshness in every bottle.
The duo behind this relatively rising brand are brothers Alxendre and Marc Bachelet. The unique thing about these two is that they decided to follow a natural labour-intensive and traditional approach to winemaking. Ploughed up soils, strict de-budding, avoiding herbicides, and careful health monitoring for all the vines.
Here are some of the 2015 release of Domaine Bachelet-Monnot [BUY NOW]:
“The 2015 Bourgogne Blanc has a light grapefruit and fresh melon-scented bouquet with faint chalky notes that surface with aeration. The palate is well balanced with fine acidity, a brush of clear honey on the entry with a hint of spice towards the finish. It is a fine introduction to the delights of the domaine's wines.”
“Bold, full but luminous ripe fruit. Bright, full-flavoured hedgerow and plum fruit with fresh notes of cherry. Round alluring and velvety. An excellent Bourgogne with a real touch of class. This is is in fact one third declassified Maranges villages, one third declassified Hautes Côte de Beaune and one third Bourgogne from the Puligny commune.”
“Impressive. Not the fine, elegant shape of a Puligny perhaps but immense character and style nonetheless. Wonderfully mineral and stony together with ripe nectarine, citrus fruit and essential oil flavours. Crisp, and crunchy and with a bit of bite that serves to counteract the ripe stonefruit character. Fermentation and élevage take place in 350 litre barrels, with no battonage, for 18 months. This comes from the higher part of the Fussière vineyard where the poor soil is well suited to producing white wines.”
“Less intensely mineral than the Maranges, perhaps even less complexity but this is all about charm and seduction. The shape of the wine is distinctly Puligny-like, gentle and persistent flavours of lemon blossom, stone citrus and wild honey. Exquisite. A charmer, from a south-facing vineyard, just behind the woods above Le Montrachet, on the road to St.-Aubin.”
“Plump and boisterous, opulent buttery flavours with notes of citrus and greengage. Full-bodied but well made and even-keeled. Good classic Chassagne. From numerous parcels on the Puligny side of the Chassagne appellation.”
“A village that boasts a typical Puligny finesse. Suave and refined in shape, delicate yellow fruit flavours melt in the mouth, nicely weighted and such soft texture. A little more fruit driven than previous vintages but there is a faint mineral edge adding a touch of vitality. From a fine plot on a slope called Les Meix, near the Grands Crus, next to Enseigneurs.”
Another winemaker whose wines are always on the list of all vino lovers is the Paul Jaboulet Aîné [BUY NOW]. The Jaboulet family has been known producers world-class high-standard wines. This is borne out of the combined persistent efforts of the family, and their remarkable, hardworking people, the terroir of the region, and their high regard to the art of growing, fermenting, blending, and maturing of the wines.
“A wine that might surpass the 2009 and 2010 is the 2015 Hermitage La Chapelle, which has more than a passing resemblance to the 1990. This inky black/blue-colored Hermitage offers an off-the-charts array of blackberries, blueberries, crushed rocks, wood smoke and charred meats. Thick, unctuous, full-bodied and incredibly layered, with sweet tannin, it's a tour de force that’s going to have three to four decades of longevity.”
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