2015 Domaine Georges Noellat Vosne Romanee 1er Cru "Chaumes" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1321384 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes is matured in 50% new oak and to enhance the freshness, winemaker Maxime Chuerlin used 15% whole bunch in this cuvée. It has a well-defined and elegant bouquet with scents of dark cherries, raspberry preserve and wilted rose petal and potpourri scents. The palate is medium-bodied with crunchy and quite firm tannin that lend this Les Chaumes plenty of backbone. I appreciate the freshness and tension here with fine mineralité developing on the brisk and energetic finish. This is excellent. Give this 4-5 years in bottle if you can.(NM)  (12/2016)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Reduction presently masks the underlying fruit though there is good freshness on the palate as the supple and refined middle weight flavors possess a really lovely mouth feel, all wrapped in a focused, delineated and energetic finale. This too is lovely stuff fashioned in an understated style.  (1/2017)

92 points John Gilman

 The 2015 les Chaumes from Monsieur Cheurlin is excellent. The bouquet wafts from the glass in a vibrant blend of raspberries, cherries, a lovely base of soil, hints of the duck to come, Vosne spices and cedar. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied, elegant and quite sappy at the core, with moderate, ripe tannins, good soil signature and a long, focused and vibrant finish that closes with very good grip and nascent complexity. The Chaumes was raised in fifty percent new wood this year, which frames the wine beautifully, while still allowing a fine base of soil tones to come through. Fine juice. 2022-2060.  (1/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 (I tasted this wine from a barrel that had finished its malolactic fermentation): Bright medium red. Black cherry and a hint of reduction on the nose. Sweet, deep and concentrated, conveying a distinctly crunchy quality to its fresh dark fruit and mineral flavors. This firmly tannic but suave wine will need at least a few years of bottle aging to harmonize, but it already saturates the mouth on the long finish.(ST)  (1/2017)

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Vosne Romanee

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