Last of the wonderful Domaine Philippe Cheron 2016 and 2015 Burgundies

Last of the wonderful Domaine Philippe Cheron 2016 and 2015 Burgundies

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A lovely array of Reds from the great 2016 and 2015 vintages
 
In the late 1930's, Paul Misset, Philippe Cheron's grandfather, acquired parcels of vines in the Vougeot and Nuits Saint Georges communes. Not being a wine-grower, he entrusted their management to tenant wine growers in Vosne-Romanée. Starting with these original parcels, Paul Misset's grandchildren, two generations later, have built up a wine domaine which today covers 5 hectares, spread over the Nuits Saint Georges, Vosne Romanée, Chambolle Musigny and Clos de Vougeot appellations.

The domaine's winery and cellars are located in the historical centre of Nuits Saint Georges. The vaulted 19th century cellars allow the wines to be aged in perfect conditions and the modern, efficient winery has recently been totally refurbished.

After working as technical director at Domaine Jean-Claude Belland in Santenay, Philippe Cheron took over the family estate in 2011. A trained engineer, he studied at the wine university in Suze la Rousse before gaining important experience making wine in the Rhône valley and then Burgundy. To round off this experience, he also took an agricultural training course at the Lycée Viticole in Beaune.

Whilst the domaine is small the vineyard holdings are quite lovely with appellations in Gevrey, Vosne and Chambolle as well as the Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot. 

Domaine Phlipe Cheron is not on the critics radar yet. That will change.

I can tell you that at our dinner last Tuesday the wines were exceptional. Both the 2015's and 2016's were superb - all with intensity and magnificent texture from the old vines. The 2015's were a particular joy as they showed none of the heat of the vintage. As much as I love 2016's I have to say the 2015's here are knockouts!
Today, we offer the last of the wine in stock at a 15% discount. Quantities are tiny so be quick!
This is a domaine to follow. Philippe Cheron is a Superstar in the making!
Clos de Vougeot 2015
Normally $385.00
Special $327.00
1 bottle left
Cheron Vougeot Label
Darren Harris: 
Cheron's vines lie mid slope towards Echezeaux in the climat Baudes Hautes. The vines are very old having been planted when the land was purchased in 1934. The shallow clay-marl soils at the top and richness and minerality to the wine while the sandier soils at the bottom add a lift to the aromatics of the wine. The wine has great depth of colour. Intense nose with ripe dark fruits, a hint of new oak, a little earth. On the palate is where the wine shines. Not surprisingly it is the most complex of the tasting; there is real fruit intensity. Medium-full bodied with a gorgeous texture, almost a creaminess from the old vines. The tannins there on the finish are long and fine. This is a very stylish CV with impeccable balance.
  

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2016 
Normally $197.50
Special $167.95
1 bottle left
Cheron Champonnets Label Darren Harris: If you were to stand in the lower half of Ruchottes-Chambertin and continue north on the same contour you would soon find yourself in the Premier Cru Champonnet. Here the slope is quite steep and the soil gravelly. Cheron's 2016 has a nose of liquored cherries, cassis, spice and crushed rock. The fruit is pure and fresh with great clarity and considerable finesse (much like Ruchottes-Chambertin). Medium tannins are well coated by the fruit creating a sense of balance and harmony.
 
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champonnet 2015 
Normally $178.50
Special $151.70
1 bottle left

Cheron Champonnets Label Darren Harris: Paler than the Seurees. Nose of earth, minerals, clove and raspberry. The wine is elegantly structured and quite light on its feet for 1er Cru Gevrey. More berry, earth and mineral on the palate. Balanced and very textured. The cooler site adding restraint. Certainly not a blockbuster but a deceptively well balanced wine that says a lot about Cheron's winemaking.

Chambolle-Musigny Clos de l'Orme 2015
Normally $159.50
Special 135.50
3 bottles left

Cheron Orme Label Darren Harris: Clos de l'Orme is well sited being located is located below the 1er Crus Les Charmes and Les Plantes. Clive Coates says it "might almost merit premier crus status" but it lies a little too low on the slope to have gained promotion. Deeper in colour than Les Quarante Ouvrees. A complex nose of minerals, raspberry, pomegranate, violets, musk with a hauting note of middle eastern spice. Very aromatic. The palate is long and fine and the minerality of the wine shows through. The tannins are fine with a gentle firmness. I like this a lot!

Vosne-Romanee Les Barreaux 2016
Normally $172.95
Special $146.95
18 bottles left

Cheron Vosne Label Darren Harris: The 2016 is deeply coloured with reds at the centre. Cool fruits on the nose with bags of mineral and spice notes. On the palate the mineral and spice notes dance around the dark fruits. I particularly like the way this builds in the mouth displaying plenty of extract and the underlying freshness of this high, cool site. It is powerful and intense but not heavy, the muscularity is finely tuned. Benchmark Vosne-Romanee from a classic vintage.

Vosne-Romanee Les Barreaux 2015
Normally $155.50
Special $132.15
17 bottles left

Cheron Vosne Label Darren Harris: Les Barreaux, made famous in recent years by Domaine Anne Gros, is wonderfully sited lying above Richebourg and Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux and alongside Petit Monts and Beaux Monts. Like its big brothers it produces a deeply coloured wine and those with an interest in wines of yesteryear will be delighted to know that Les Barreaux played a big part in the legendary Henri Jayer's Village Vosne-Romanee. Dark in colour. Aromatic nose with blacker fruits than the two Chambolles. Spices and minerals. Concentrated with plenty of extract and an underlying coolness. Quite muscular - more Richebourg than Romanee-St-Vivant in style. This is a serious lieu-dit which will age magnificently. And it is well priced.

Chambolle-Musigny Les Quarante Ouvrees 2015
Normally $147.95
Special $125.75
9 bottles left

Cheron Quarante label Darren Harris: The French term 'ouvrée' is a centuries-old unit of measurement in Burgundy. It refers to the amount of land one man could work in a day. Cheron's Les Quarante Ouvrees is an assemblage of twelve different parcels in Chambolle-Musigny, two-thirds of which have a vineage of 60+ years. The majority of the fruit comes from the lieu-dits Condemennes and Clos des Ormes adjoining the 1er Cru Les Charmes. Aromatic Chambolle nose of red fruits. Juicy flavours of raspberry, strawberry and a touch of licquorice. The most accessible wine of the lineup providing enormous immediate appeal but being from 2015 will age nicely.

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees 2016
Normally $140.95
Special $119.95
19 bottles left
Cheron Seuvrees label Darren Harris: 50% whole bunch. It is wines like this that show just what a fine winemaker Philippe Cheron is. Deep red. This has an expansive sweetness of fruit on the nose that then fills the mouth. It is a three dimensional wine with many layers and interest from the high percentage of beautifully ripe stems. Complex with cherry and graphite. I wrote "this is good!" (with a big exclamation mark).

Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrees 2015
Normally $127.50
Special $108.35
4 bottles left

Cheron Seuvrees label Darren Harris: Les Seuvrees lies right on the Morey border below the Grand Cru Mazoyeres-Chambertin. A deeply aromatic nose with a sense of structure. A real surprise package on the palate. Less earth and more plums than the Champonnets. Cool. Powerful, restrained and with fine, long tannins. For a lieu-dit this has real depth and presence. I have said before that I think Gevrey-Chambertin was the standout commune in 2015 and this wine supports my thoughts. Terrific quality for the price. Bravo!
To view and purchase the wine on line click here. You may also order by email to tracey@grandmillesime.com.au or by telephone.
 
Cheers,
Darren 

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They're selling extremely well and as more reviews come on line our allocations disappear at an even more rapid rate.
At the moment we have over one hundred 2015 Burgundies from which to choose.

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Chablis!
The hot weather across the country makes us think of Chablis and the pleasure it gives with some fine shellfish.
We have a good selection available including a few 2014's.
To view what is available click here.
The 2016's from Domaine Long-Depaquit will arrive mid next month.
 

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