Antoine Olivier – 2015

Update 22.11.2016(1.11.2016)billn

dsc01455Tasted in Santenay with Antoine Olivier (and M), 17 October 2016.

Domaine Antoine Olivier
5 rue Gaudin
21590 Santenay, France
Tel: +33 (0)3 80 20 61 35

A visitor to the domaine this year, will also be greeted by ‘M’ a young and friendly bear of a Newfoundland. Just in case you were wondering about the name, his father is called James Bond!

Antoine on 2016:
The yields for the whites are not bad as there was not much frost in Santenay. The volume harvested for the reds was about 50% down – actually 90% down in Savigny and Pommard. But the grapes were good so I think the quality will be very interesting.

Antoine on 2015:
I haven’t tasted them in the last month, but I think that they are good, maybe not the best of last 10 years – that would be 2005 – but everything has been easy for the vinification and aging. I racked the reds in summer if there was some reduction, the rest haven’t been moved. The whites were racked 1 month ago, just before the harvest.

The wines…

Simply a super set of wines – as usual!

2015 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
All destemmed.
The nose has bright crunchy fruit with real depth. Fresh, layered, and clearly gives the impression that it’s from a higher appellation than bourgogne – super texture and concentration too. “It will be very pleasant to drink young which is what I want, I don’t know if it will age.“ Well, I’d be happy to give that a try…

2015 Santenay Temps des (Ce)Rises
30% whole cluster.
Dark fruit, probably due to reduction. More dimension of flavour, here more gas and a hint of tannin – super wine though, and a more serious wine too. Yum!

2015 Santenay les Charmes
This 100% whole cluster, but no pigeage.
Nice, vivid, dark fruit. Lovely, fruit here, with a faint tannin – it’s a longer line of flavour here – again dark fruit in character.

2015 Santenay 1er Beaurepaire
60% whole-cluster fermentation.
Some freshness but a little reduction too. More dimension, and complexity, a lighter but more assured touch, Super, really super!

2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune
Racked, like the Bourgogne, due to reduction.
Fresh, pretty and floral nose. Round and very intense, yet this remains welcoming wine.

2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Peuillets
Vibrant, gorgeous dark fruit. More structure, but lots more fruit dimension too. Bright finishing. Super-yum!
2015 Pommard
Normally 80% sourced from Noizons.
A faint reduction but inviting. This has some structure, but gorgeous mouth-watering fruit too. Wow! A winner!

Les Blancs…
The whites probably will be bottled from January onwards.

2015 Bourgogne Blanc Les Dindes
A core of ripe and open fruit – like soda. Fresh, nice Line, modestly mineral too. Very nice

2015 Rully Saint Jacques
A fresher fruit nose. Bright and expressive – actually beautiful definition. A super buy!
2015 Santenay Clos des Champs Carafe
Champs Carafe is a part of Les Bras. Les Bras is the ‘official’ lieux-dit with 2 subdivisions; Champs Carafe and Daumelles, Champs Carafe is the higher part.
A fresh nose, suggesting flowers. Beautiful definition, beautiful acidity. Bright but nothing in excess – simply a gorgeous wine!

2015 Santenay Sous la Roche
A squeaky-clean nose, freshness too. A beautiful point of intensity, slowly widening and mouth-watering. Excellent!

2015 Santenay Bieveaux
A slight reduction, but like always, this smells like Meursault to me. Wide, complex, growing in intensity, fabulous wine if you can find it!

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