Robert Parker – 94
“The 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is superb, offering up an utterly classic nose of plum, cassis, currant leaf, blood orange, incense and a beautifully integrated framing of new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied, supple and expansive, with a deep core of vibrant fruit and an ample chassis of beautifully fine-grained tannins which assert their Clos Vougeot muscularity by displaying a bit of grip on the long, lingering finish. While this is rendered with typical Drouhin elegance don’t let that deceive you: this is a wine for the long haul, and its potential for sustained positive evolution in the cellar is considerable.”
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2050
JancisRobinson.com – 17.5++
50% whole bunch. Very long maceration: 25-28 days. Drouhin vines from a bit at the top and a bit at the bottom. Deep crimson with purple notes. A bit introvert and animal on the nose at first but with impressive concentration of ripe fruit on the palate. Bright crunchy fruit that’s still embryonic. Unformed for the moment but very ambitious. Hint of banana! Lots packed in there.
Anticipated maturity: 2028-2040
Vinous – 92+
The 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a more meaty and savory nose than its peers, but there is a bit of sweatiness, suggesting it is not as clean or pure as it might have been. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, and here the wine improves, since there is much more detail than on the nose. This Clos de Vougeot is well balanced, with a judicious spicy character enveloping the finish and great sustain on the aftertaste. If the nose improves with bottle age, then this will turn into a very fine Clos de Vougeot. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2021-2045