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By Macphee's, June 29th, 2018

Elite Burgundy from the Truly Great 2015 Vintage

Denis Mortet, Jean Grivot & Hudelot-Noëllat

Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey-Chambertin, Chambolle… Village, 1er Cru, Grand Cru

“A great vintage, indeed the greatest since the legendary 2005” 
– Allen Meadows, Burghound

If you follow Burgundy, it would not come as news that 2015 has been marked as a truly great year, one that will have few peers. It’s a year where Burgundy lovers need to go long on buying from the humblest wines to the most hallowed. According to Vinous’ Stephen Tanzer: “In short this is the greatest vintage of Burgundy in a very long time and I urge you to buy and buy up big as there will be many wines you should not miss and loads of pleasure to be had over many years.” And from Burghound: “…in all my years of visiting Burgundy I have never seen a better vintage for wines at the bottom of the appellation hierarchy. To be sure, it’s great at the top as well…” Then there’s The Wine Advocate’s Neal Martin: “…make no mistake, 2015 Burgundy is a great vintage.

There is little doubt that a degree of hype follows most vintages of better than middling quality, but, like 2010 for Barolo, the chatter about 2015 is without any dissenting voices – it is a truly great year. Most of the 2015 Burgundies have entered and rapidly exited the market, with many already on to the very good but painfully frugal 2016 vintage. Today, we are offering very limited stocks from three of Burgundy’s very finest addresses: Jean Grivot, Denis Mortet and Hudelot-Noëllet. These are all unquestionably great makers, and they performed particularly well in this great vintage, as the exceptional reviews attest. If we haven’t emphasised it enough, this is a must-buy vintage of extremely high quality, and the below are some the vintage’s finest wines.

“…this will be one of the half-dozen top vintages for red Burgundy of the past generation…In terms of their consistent quality and broad appeal, 2015 will be a difficult vintage to top.”
– Stephen Tanzer Vinous.com

* These wines are sold on a first come basis and some bottle limits may apply. Any mixed or straight six-pack order will attract a 10% discount. *

If you’d like any more information on the wines, or would like to discuss your order, please contact Craig MacPhee directly on 0414 444 937, or send us an email, and we’ll get him to respond as soon as possible.

Domaine Denis Mortet

“It is not a question of whether Arnaud Mortet’s 2015 Burgundies kicked arse…but how much. I was totally blown away by these wines that represent the best ever from the domaine. …it is the consistency amongst the village and premier crus that punched well above their weight, forcing me to give scores that might raise a few eyebrows amongst those in the misguided belief that all Burgundy wines adhere to the hierarchy: generic < village < premier < grand cru. These were thrilling wines that sent tingles of pleasure down my spine.”
– Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate

Marsannay ‘Les Longerois’ 2015: $130/bottle

“The 2015 Marsannay les Longeroies was completely de-stemmed and matured in 20% new oak. It offers darker fruit than the Fixin, perhaps more introspective at the moment with touches of dried herbs and tobacco infusing the fruit. The palate is well balanced with sappy black fruit and fine salinity. There is plenty of energy conveyed by this Marsannay with wonderful precision and freshness on the finish. Wonderful.”
– Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate: 91-93 points

Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Mes Cinq Terroirs’ 2015: $200/bottle

“The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Mes Cinq Terroir comes from five parcels from around the appellation and it includes 30% whole bunch and 30% new oak. It has a vibrant bouquet, a melange of blue and black fruit that lends it a Fixin-like personality. The palate is medium-bodied with tensile tannin that are filigree. This has a silky texture, perfectly judged acidity and disarming purity on the finish. This is premier cru quality-period.”
– Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate: 92-94 points

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Lavaux St-Jacques’ 2015: $460/bottle

“The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques comes from five parcels spread from the bottom to the top. It is matured in 70% new oak with 20% whole bunches. It has wonderful clarity and detail on the nose: a mixture of black and red fruit, cold stone, hints of violet and blood orange. The palate is extremely well balanced, fleshy and generous with layers of raspberry, strawberry, brown spices and a touch of tobacco towards the finish. There is tremendous weight and focus here with a very persistent finish. This is superb Lavaux Saint-Jacques.”
– Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate: 93-95 points

“Including five different parcels from the Premier Cru, ranging from the top to the bottom of the slope, this is a brilliant expression of one of my favourite Gevrey vineyards. Floral, complex and nuanced, with filigree tannins, subtle raspberry and wild strawberry fruit and a stylish, chalky finish.”
– Tim Atkin MW, 2015 Burgundy Special Report: 96 points

Domaine Jean Grivot

“…Grivot still rates 2015 as the greatest vintage he has ever made, and the potentially longest-lived along with his 2009s. “The wines have perfect harmony, perfect acidity; everything is there,” he told me. “The top wines with good corks and a cold cellar are going to last for a very long time.”
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com

Bourgogne Rouge 2015: $100/bottle

“Starting out with the Bourgogne Rouge 2015, a very juicy generous wine for this level .. fine freshness lovely red and dark berry fruit and even a slight hint of Vosne violets in the nose – this wine is from a vineyard located below the N974 close to the southern end of Vosne-Romanée appellation. Style wise its in line with the bigger wines .. and for this level the complexity and purity is impressive.”
– Steen Öhman, Winehog: Good++ (86-88p)

Vosne-Romanée 2015: $180/bottle

“This also displays some reduction but not so much as to completely mask the spice elements. There is a wonderfully silky mouth feel to the nicely concentrated medium-bodied flavors that possess lovely richness and persistence on the mildly warm and firm finish.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 88-91 points

Vosne-Romanée ‘Bossiéres’ 2015: $215/bottle

“This is clearly a step up from the Vosne-Village offering more depth and length. The bouquet offer some darker berries and more layers and complexity – fine notes of violets and rose petals. On the palate a very fresh fruit – deep for the village level – with a tremendous energy. This is a top end village offering some of the best sides of the 2015 vintage.”
– Steen Öhman, Winehog: Fine (91-92p)

Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Pruliers’ 2015: $385/bottle

“This is riper still with liqueur-like dark berry fruit aromas that are liberally laced with spice, earth and game nuances. There is outstanding richness and volume to the seductively textured mid-palate that contrasts markedly with the firm, serious and ever-so-mildly rustic finale that is very Nuits in character.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 91-94 points Sweet Spot Outstanding

Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru ‘Au Baudots’ 2015: $455/bottle

“Full, bright red. Aromas of dark cherry, licorice and leather are lifted by a floral note. Compellingly silky, supple and rich, but with its captivating sweetness nicely leavened by slightly medicinal menthol and mineral notes. The whiplash of a finish features seamless, noble tannins and outstanding breadth, the flavors building slowly and inexorably. An essence of Nuits-Saint-George with Vosne-side perfume.”
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com: 93 points

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Les Beaux Monts’ 2015: $540/bottle

“The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts has a tightly-wound bouquet that needed some coaxing from the glass, eventually unfurling with enticing aromas of small red cherries, raspberry, crushed violets and a subtle slate-like scent. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin, wonderful structure, an imperious Les Beaux Monts that stretches its wings towards the finish and delivers a quite compelling, vibrant, energetic finish with enormous depth. This is probably the best from this vineyard in 2015.”
– Neal Martin, RobertParker.com: 95-97 points

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Les Suchots’ 2015: $645/bottle

“The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots has an exquisite bouquet, extremely pure with scents of redcurrant, blueberry, violets, cola and wet limestone. Like the 2015 Les Beaux Monts, there is wondrous focus and precision here. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin. This is full of energy and tension, with a killer line of acidity and wonderful structure and precision towards the mineral-rich finish. It will require several years in bottle, but it has the substance and complexity to repay patience.”
– Neal Martin, RobertParker.com: 95-97 points

Grand Cru ‘Clos de Vougeot’ 2015: $630/bottle

“Vibrant bright red with ruby highlights; the darkest of these 2015s to this point, by a wide margin. Very ripe aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate and espresso complicated by suggestions of dried flowers and earth. Intensely flavored and remarkably velvety for this wine chez Grivot, with its dark cherry, mineral, coffee and mocha flavors conveying noteworthy sweetness and finesse and saturating the entire mouth. Finishes with noble, sweet tannins, subtle minerals and empyreumatic qualities and subtly building, inexorable length. Wonderfully seamless for a “rustic” terroir; is this the best Clos Vougeot that Etienne Grivot has ever made?”
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com: 95 points

“The 2015 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a detailed, precise bouquet, very pure with ripe dark cherries, kirsch, orange sorbet and subtle graphite aromas. It is one of the classiest that you will come across from this ancient vineyard this year. The palate is medium-bodied with ripe tannin that feel a little fuller and suppler than the premier cru Vosne-Romanées. Grippy in the mouth with an effervescent finish, this is a long-term Clos de Vougeot that will age effortlessly over 20-30 years.”
– Neal Martin, RobertParker.com: 95-97 points

Grand Cru ‘Echézeaux 2015: $845/bottle

“Medium red; less dark and saturated than the Clos Vougeot. Deeply pitched but highly nuanced aromas and flavors of black cherry, red licorice, dried rose petal, tobacco, spices and musky minerality. Plush, sweet, silky wine with uncommon depth; hugely rich but not heavy, this voluptuous wine expands to fill the mouth. The explosively long finish features utterly noble tannins. Did I mention that this sophisticated, fresh wine boasts a texture of liquid velvet?”
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com: 95 points

“The 2015 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a powerful bouquet that harnesses the warmth of the growing season without losing one iota of the delineation: dark cherries intermingle with mulberry, chestnut, a touch of leather and white pepper – very complex and involving. The palate is medium-bodied with chalky tannin on the entry. This is brimming over with energy and tension, a vein of orange rind interwoven through the red fruit with a dash of black pepper towards the structured finish. This is an outstanding Echézeaux from Etienne Grivot.”
– Neal Martin, RobertParker.com: 94-96 points

Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat

“This is definitely one of the top domaines in Burgundy, for when Hudelot’s top wines are on song, they are truly magnificent. These are wines of great flair and concentration: full, opulent and multidimensional.”
– Clive Coates MW, The Wines of Burgundy 

Bourgogne Rouge 2015: $70/bottle

“This is at once notably ripe yet quite fresh with liqueur-like red berry fruit aromas. There is excellent volume to the delicious middle weight flavors that possess fine richness and punch on the lightly structured finale. This would make a very good choice for a delicious yet serious house red. By the way, Hudelot consistently seems to do well with their Bourgogne and this admirable effort will only add to that reputation.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 87 points Outstanding Top Value

Chambolle-Musigny 2015: $145/bottle

“This is also wonderfully fresh and bright with cool aromas of essence of red cherry, floral and spice. The vibrant medium weight flavors possess a clean and focused palate impression while delivering fine length on the cherry pit-inflected finish. This mineral-suffused effort is very Chambolle in character and should be approachable young.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 88-91 points

Vosne-Romanée 2015: $145/bottle

“Enough wood to remark upon frames an expressive and well-layered nose of Asian-style tea, plum, violet and a lovely array of spice elements. The succulent and caressing medium-bodied flavors possess fine mid-palate concentration that buffers the moderately firm tannins shaping the balanced and delicious finale. This too is very good for its level.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 89-91 points Outstanding

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Les Beaux Monts’ 2015: $325/bottle

“This is spicier still with its slightly more deeply pitched nose of red and dark pinot fruit, violet, Asian tea and dried orange peel hints. There is much more minerality present on the vibrant and intense medium weight flavors that possess unusually good delineation for the vintage, all wrapped in a sappy, dusty and wonderfully long finish. This is very classy juice and like the Charmes, it’s textbook Beaux Monts.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 91-94 points Sweet Spot Outstanding

Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru ‘Les Suchots’ 2015: $495/bottle

“Discreet but not invisible wood serves as a relatively neutral backdrop for the exuberantly spicy aromas soy, hoisin, black raspberry, plum and floral scents. The generously proportioned and amply rich medium-bodied flavors brim with dry extract that imparts a sappy mouth feel to the velvety but firm and serious finale that makes clear this is going to require extended cellaring. In sum, this is an excellent Suchots.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 91-94 points Sweet Spot Outstanding

Grand Cru ‘Clos de Vougeot’ 2015: $495/bottle

“This is the first wine to display really prominent wood influence though it’s not so much to overshadow the sauvage and earthy red and dark berry-suffused nose. This is also rich, powerful and concentrated yet the big-bodied flavors possess a sleek mouth feel as the firm structure is already well-integrated on the mildly austere finale. This is also very much built-to-age and is going to require extended cellaring.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 93-95 points Don’t Miss!

Grand Cru ‘Romanée-St-Vivant’ 2015: $1300/bottle

“This is both more elegant but also more restrained with its cool red cherry, sandalwood, tea and various floral scents. The lilting, silky and pure middle weight flavors possess a gorgeously refined mouth feel as the supporting tannins are dense but notably fine-grained on the beautifully focused, balanced and lingering finish. This will be approachable young but age quite well too.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 93-95 points Don’t Miss!

“(these vines yielded only about 25 hectoliters per hectare in 2015): Bright, dark red. Ripe, slightly high-toned aromas of raspberry, mocha and cocoa powder. Wonderfully sweet and penetrating, conveying a strong, sappy impression of dry extract and terrific depth and volume while maintaining a light touch. This impressively primary wine finishes with chewy, ripe tannins and slowly mounting, mouth-staining persistence. Van Canneyt compares this terroir to his Suchots, noting that the two vineyards feature the same plant material.”
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com: 93-96

Grand Cru ‘Richebourg’ 2015: $1325/bottle

“Somewhat surprisingly this is actually more aromatically expressive today with its elegant and super-fresh array of various dark berries, violet, lavender and impressive range of spices. There is much, much more volume, power and muscle to the full-bodied flavors that brim with minerality on the explosively long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is a very serious Riche that is built-to-age and unlike the Romanée St. Vivant, is not likely to make an especially good early drink.”
– Allen Meadows, Burghound: 94-96 Don’t Miss!

“Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Inviting perfume of raspberry, cola, menthol and coffee. Densely packed and creamy; not necessarily more powerful today than the RSV but deeper and sweeter. The sappy black cherry and black raspberry fruit flavors are complicated by saline minerality. Finishes with big but well-supported tannins and outstanding sappy, slowly mounting length. Leaves behind a note of licorice in the empty glass. Van Canneyt noted that his Romanée-Saint-Vivant is “always easier to taste and understand early on than the Richebourg,” but this wine is showing spectacularly today.”
– Stephen Tanzer, Vinous.com: 94-97

* These wines are sold on a first come basis and some bottle limits may apply. Any mixed or straight six-pack order will attract a 10% discount. *

If you’d like any more information on the wines, or would like to discuss your order, please contact Craig MacPhee directly on 0414 444 937, or send us an email, and we’ll get him to respond as soon as possible.

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