Premier Cru Collection. 8 Highly Rated Wines from 2015

 

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Super wines from 2015
 
Whilst prices for Grand Crus continue to rise at very rapid rates, Premier Crus, in most cases, have taken a more gradual path.

Today I feature eight of my favourite Premier Crus from eight different producers. The selection includes some of the best vineyards from the most popular communes.
All are available at Pre Arrival Prices. This is 15% for most wines but for some newly featured additions to our portfolio we have increased this to 25%.
To view my 8 favourites on our website click here. To view the full range of 2015 Premier Crus click here.
Domaine de Suremain Mercurey 1er Cru Clos l'Eveque 2015
Landed Price $74.95
Special Pre Arrival Price $55.95
Suremain Eveque Label
Tim Atkin MW: 
The 2015s are the best ever releases from this historic Mercurey domaine. Situated on a stony, east-facing terroir, this is a serious, compact Pinot that's made to age, showing tobacco leaf, succulent red and black fruits and skilfully integrated oak. 2020-28. 
94 Points



Domaine Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Chenes 2015
Landed Price $183.95
Pre Arrival Price $156.50

Bitouzet Chenes new Vinous, Stephen Tanzer: 
(11% vendange entier; from three ages of vines, the oldest of them planted in 1976): Good dark red. Pure, high-pitched, slightly medicinal scents of raspberry, blackberry, licorice and spices, plus hints of herbs and pepper. A very rich, sappy wine with a restrained sweetness and captivating saline minerality to its dark raspberry and boysenberry fruit flavors. Finishes with firm but well-integrated tannins and subtle power and length. This beauty is a bit higher in pH and lower in acidity than the Caillerets, and will probably give pleasure earlier. 92-94 Points

Domaine Georges Lignier Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Combottes 2015
Landed Price $252.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $182.95

Lignier Combottes Label 4.1 Tim Atkin MW: 
A Premier Cru that's "a bit more than a Premier Cru," according to Benoit Stehly, this is tucked between two Grands Crus yet is something of a below-the-radar wine. Smoky and intense, with lovely precision and focus supported by textured tannins and lingering acidity. 2022-30. 94 Points

Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2015 
Landed Price $241.95
Pre Arrival Price $205.50

Chauvenet Vaucrains Label Burghound: 
(from a .41 ha parcel). An exuberantly fresh and unusually expressive nose offers up notes of leather, plum, violet, spice and plenty of earth influence. Somewhat curiously relative to past vintages, the mouth feel of the focused, intense and powerful flavors is less rustic than usual though to be sure this is still very Vaucrains in style as there is plenty of punch and youthful austerity present on the driving and hugely long finish. Vaucrains is one of the longest-lived Nuits 1ers and this particular example will be no exception. Impressive. 2030+. 92-94 Points

Domaine Henri Magnien Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St-Jacques 2015 
Landed Price $265.95
Pre Arrival Price $225.95

Magnien Lavaux NV label Darren Harris: 
A discreet but wildly expressive nose of wild red and black berries, pepper, earth and Asian spices. The palate is elegant with dark fruits, minerals and liqorice. Precise with wonderful balance. Light on its feet but with serious intensity finishing with fine tannins and great persistance. The cool site shows though in the feel of this not-to-be-missed Lavaux

Domaine Marchand-Grillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Perriere 2015 
Landed Price $169.95
Special Pre Arrival Price $127.50

marchand-grillot perrier label Darren Harris: Deeper, more stony nose. Cherries, plums, licorice root, crushed rock with a real mineral drive. Serious. Very long on the finish with defined tannins that are firmer than the other wines but still very fine. The vineyard lies below Mazis-Chambertin and one can draw many similarities between the two sites. My style of wine!

Domaine Michel Noellat Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Boudots 2015 
Landed Price $239.50
Special Pre Arrival Price $167.50

Noellat NSG Boudots label Wine Advocate - Neal MartinThe 2015 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots demonstrated a little reduction on the nose when I tasted it from barrel, though there was clearly plenty of fruit underneath. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy black fruit tinged with black pepper and licorice. I appreciate the energy conveyed by this Nuits Saint-Georges and it gently fans out towards the "confident" finish, offering a lovely peppery aftertaste. 91-93 Points

Domaine Launay-Horiot Pommard 1er Cru Chaponnieres 2015
Landed Price $187.00
Special Pre Arrival Price $159.00

Launay-Horiot Chapnnieres NV label Burghound: There is even better freshness to the plum liqueur, warm earth and forest floor-nuanced aromas. The rich, full-bodied and muscular flavors brim with dry extract that completely coats the palate on the powerful and firm but not really austere finale. This is surprisingly well-detailed given how rich and concentrated it is and this should amply reward extended cellaring yet it should also be reasonably approachable young. A Sweet Spot Wine. 93 Points
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Cheers,
Darren 

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Amiot-Bertrand CdlR Bottles

Amiot-Bertrand Clos de la Roche Grand Cru 1976
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It can be hard to trace family trees through Burgundy but I am told the maker is related to The Amiots in Morey-St-Denis and Amiot-Servelle in Chambolle-Musigny.

1976 was a big powerful vintage with plenty of colour and stuffing. The tannins have ensured the wines have aged nicely and softened over the decades. From my experience 1976 is a vintage that matured beautifully with time and is now drinking very well.

Darren Harris: These bottles are in such good condition that I couldn't resist opening one. If you were to look at old tasting notes or vintage descriptions you will find that the 1976 reds were described as tannic and tough. How wrong that is today. Forty years in the bottle has seen the wines soften and gain complexity and charm. For me it is the go-to vintage of the 1970's as unlike many of the more highly rated 1978's, the 1976 reds have retained freshness and life, no doubt due to the tannins that were once seen as overt.
 
Sourced from a French cellar, this Clos de la Roche is still very dark in colour with a little development on the rim. The nose is rich, plummy and full of Burgundy aromatics - earth, roses, spice and berries - a touch of animale. The palate is concentrated, with serious fruit - unquestionably Grand Cru weight. The tannins are ripe and the wine finishes long and interesting. At 41 years of age the wine is at its peak with no sign of fading soon. A super bottle of aged Burgundy.
We have 4 bottles left. Top value for a 41-year-old Grand Cru that is drinking beautifully.

Normally $599.95
Special $499.95
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