2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru "Les Millandes"

SKU #1323803 93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pungent but pretty nose is comprised by notes of wood, freshly sliced plum, cassis and earth. There is even better punch and mid-palate concentration to the moderately stony and beautifully well-detailed flavors that also display focused power on the broad-shouldered, firm and driving finish. Good stuff if you have the patience to allow this at least 6 years at a minimum and to see this at full maturity, 12 to 15 years of bottle age. 2027+  (1/2018)

91-93 points Vinous

 Healthy dark red with ruby tones. Wild aromas of black cherry and blackberry lifted by spicy, minty high notes. Quite primary on the palate, but the slightly minty flavors of medicinal black cherry, spices, dried flowers, licorice and wild herbs are enlivened by nicely integrated acidity. Has the material and sappiness to support its firm tannins. Perhaps the brightest and longest of these 2015s to this point in my tasting. The crop level here was a full 40 hectoliters per hectare in 2015. (ST)  (1/2107)

89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Millandes was one of the most backward of Serafin's 2015s when I tasted the wine at the domaine. The palate is medium-bodied, structured and masculine with a vice-like grip in the mouth, plus a chalky texture on the finish. It feels brutish at the moment compared to the Gevrey Corbeaux, but bottle age should mellow it out. (NM)  (4/2017)

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