2015 Bouchard Pere & Fils Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets Ancienne Cuvee Carnot, Cote de Beaune (750ml)

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Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Sub-Region: Cote de Beaune
Grape Varietal: Pinot Noir
Review Score: 95BH, 94WA, 94V

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Here the generous wood treatment presently fights somewhat with the menthol, cassis, spice and essence of black cherry liqueur-suffused nose. There is a beguiling texture to the vibrant, detailed and intensely mineral-driven medium weight flavors that coat the palate with dry extract while delivering marvelous persistence on the very firmly structured finish. This is very definitely built-to-age and it's going to need it. I would add that this is unlikely to make an especially good candidate for early consumption so patience absolutely required.

92-95 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound (Apr 2017)

The 2015 Volnay 1er Cru Les Caillerets "Ancienne Cuvée Carnot" would definitely be one of my picks from Bouchard Père this vintage. It has a lovely, expressive, terroir-driven bouquet with red cherry, crushed strawberry and wet limestone. There is impressive delineation here. The palate is medium-bodied, very well balanced with caressing, supple tannin that belie the structure underneath. I like the energy, the frisson here and the length lingers in the mouth, a tang of orange peel and Moroccan spice on the aftertaste. This comes recommended - chapeau!

92-94 points, Wine Advocate (Issue # 228 - Dec 2016)

Bright, dark red; less saturated than the Taillepieds. Ripe aromas of black cherry, spices, minerals and chocolate, lifted by violet and white flowers. Dense, silky and seamless wine with mouthfilling dark berry and chocolate flavors framed by harmonious acidity. Not liqueur-like or at all roasted in spite of the site's rocky, poor soil and the very dry summer. In fact, Weber considers this to be one of the best wines of the 2015 vintage for Bouchard. Finishes very long, with refined tannins spreading out horizontally to saturate the palate. A wine of noteworthy finesse, this beauty fills the mouth without coming across as weighty.

92-94 points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous (Jan 2017)