Get a taste of the widespread terroir across Vosne Romanee with this line-up of some of the best known names in the village as well as their premier crus. Compare and contrast the style between traditional powerhouses such as Jean Grivot and Louis Jadot, or recent rising stars such as Georges Noellat and Coquard Loisson Fleurot who, after new management, has seen transformations that have led to their rapid rise in fame in the region.
Louis Jadot Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes 1er Cru 2015
The wines of Les Chaumes typically display rich, bold flavours, being one of the warmer climats of Vosne. At 6.5ha in size, it is borders the La Tache Grand Cru vineyard in the north-west, and Aux Malconsorts to the west. With a long history in Burgundy, Louis Jadot is among one of the leading grower-negociants in the region, owning over 60 hectares of vineyards. Light, refined and elegant notes of violets, redcurrants and raspberries. There are really nice lifted aromas, displaying those classic tinned strawberry notes of Vosne-Romanee. Sweet spices, cherries and dried flowers pave the way for elegant acidity.
Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee Les Chaumes 1er Cru 2012
This is a classic Jean Grivot with lots of power and structure. Muscular, full-bodied with medium-high tannins means this is definitely a food wine. Sweet spice, smoky minerality, a hint of greenness, with high acidity.
Jean Marc Millot Vosne Romanee Les Suchots 1er Cru 2015
The largest 1er Cru in Vosne-Romanee at 13.09 ha with more than 20 owners. Its position sandwiched between Richebourg & Romanee-St-Vivant to its south and Echezeaux to the north, interestingly breaking up what would otherwise have been a continous line of Grand Crus from Gevrey-Chambertin to Nuits St Georges. Jean Marc Millot is a rising star in Burgundy, and since his daughter Alix who tookover the winemaking in 2014, the wines have only gotten better! Elegant, perfurmed, with notes of ripe cherries, raspberries, vanilla and sweet spice. Ripe, fine-grained tannins line the palate, with ample structure and really elegant acidity to balance that concentrated piquant fruit.
Hudelot Noellat Vosne Romanee Les Suchots 1er Cru 2015
Charles Van Canneyt is the third generation to lead this domaine today, though admitting that he hasn't made any "drastic changes" since he tookover, preferring instead to let the terroir speak. Bold, delicious and concentrated, with ripe rasperries, cherries and a touch of forest floor. Intense, powerful, a little jammy, with a long savoury finish.
Aurelien Verdet Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts 1er Cru 2015
Verdet's father was one of the early pioneers of organic viticulture back in the early 1970s. Based in the Hautes Cotes de Nuits, he took over vines under a farming agreement in Vosne-Romanee as well as Nuits St Georges 1er Crus. Initially quite restrained and a little green, but this opened up in the glass really nicely after about 15 mins in a Zalto Pinot glass. Charming, elegant, with notes of dried flowers, raspberry compot and crunch red fruits.
Georges Noellat Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts 1er Cru 2015
Among one of the largest 1er Cru sites at 11 hectares, Les Beaux Monts is one of the better-known Climats, bordering the large Echezeaux Grand Cru to its north. A hard limestone topsoil alongside the slope means this vineyard offers excellent drainage, and forces the roots to dig deep into the lower iron-rich limestone subsoil. Maxime Cheurlin who is the fifth generation to run this domaine shot into stardom when he tookover in 2010 at just 20 years old. Since then, his wines have gained something of a cult-following in Burgundy with critics lavishing praise on the talented winemaker and the great potential that lies ahead. Ripe candied fruit immediately jumps into the nose, with a lovely floral bouquet. Structured, concentrated, with very good acidity with spicy redcurrants and raspberry piquant.
Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee Les Beaux Monts 1er Cru 2012
Tight, restrained notes of blackberries, redcurrants and cherries. Firm, ripe tannins, with sweet spices and smoky oak. Very young.
Guyon Vosne Romanee Les Brulees 1er Cru 2012
Les (or sometimes Aux) Brulees is one of the top 1er Crus in the village that many critics feel deserves a promotion to Grand Cru status due to the enviable terroir. Bordering Richebourg Grand Cru to its south, and Les Suchots 1er Cru to its east, the south-eastern aspect of these vines allows the vines to soak in the sunlight practically all-day long with cool-westerly winds flowing through the combe that helps to cool and allow a slow-long ripening process. Guyon has remained a relatively under-the-radar, but quality-driven domaine. Organically farmed since 2012, and certified in 2016, they are one of the few domaines in Burgundy that practise whole-bunch fermentations. At a humble price of $950, the quality of this was stunning. Ripe, pronounced candied fruits, strawberries, blackberries and cherries filled the nose, which followed through with an incredibly concentrated silky palate. Floral, pretty, elegant, with a creamy, harmonious and long finish. What a bargain!
Coquard Loison Fleurot Vosne Romanee 1er Cru 2015
Coquard Loison Fleurot (or CLF for those in-the-know) is another under-the-radar domaine but no doubt one to watch, with winemaker Thomas Colladot, a close friend of Sylvain Cathiard, really bringing out the potential of their incredible holdings. Ripe, full-bodied, crunchy red fruits line the palate, with a nice concentrated edge. Balanced acidity with silky tannins provide great structure finishing with lovely blueberry compot and very ripe black currants.
Sylvain Cathiard Vosne Romanee Aux Reignots 1er Cru 2012
One of Vosne's highest vineyards with an altitude of 315 metres above sea-level which no doubt plays a crucial role in giving the vineyard diurnal temperature variations. The thin soils here consist of cracked hard limestones which provides excellent drainage and are also said to contribute to the flinty and mineral characters of wines here. One of Burgundy's most celebrated names, Domaine Sylvain Cathiard is known for their impressive array of top vineyards around Vosne-Romanee. A close contender for "Wine of the Night" were it not for it being too young at present. Full-bodied, tight, and powerful, though incredibly restrained, it was bottle breathed for 5 hours, and only after breathing in the glass for a good 15-20 mins, did it start opening up a little. Smoky oak characters are complemented by the complex redcurrant and cherry aromas. Brilliant acidity and firm tannins, this is still way too young to drink, although there is clearly great potential for this to develop. I would suggest re-tasting in another 10 years.