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Nicolas Rossignol – 2014

DSC08719Tasted in Beaune with Nicolas Rossignol, 10 Nov 2015.

Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
5 Rue Colbert
21200 Beaune
Tel: +33 3 80 21 62 43
www.nicolas-rossignol.com

Nicolas on 2015:
“A super season 15, of course it was dry, but not too much. The triage went great and the wines are hyper-dark.”

Nicolas on 2014:
“2014 is honestly one of my top three vintages from the last 10 years. Generally I lost about 30%, on average. Of course some of the yields were much lower but with quality like this, I can be happy. A little less dry than some vintages, certainly 2015, but it resembles nothing else – that said, 2014 resembles a good balance between 2012 and 2013.”

Nicolas on pricing his 2014:
“There will be a few percent more for some wines, but the majority will stay as the 2013s…”

The wines…

Everything here (2014s) is assembled, with sulfur. I tasted things here that are at least as good as in 2012 which I rated very highly at this address.

A little apèro to get us going was 2013 Volnay 1er Clos des Angles; A beauty, with very fine acidity.

2014 Savigny-lès-Beaune
Finished malo almost in September
Deep, open, very wide and with tons of ripe fruit. Ample, an undertow of tannin, but nothing aggressive – waves of fruit flavour. Excellent!

2014 Pommard Noizons
A similar aromatic, round and supple nose. Very easy Pommard, it’s more structured, but very fine. Modest tannin with fresh, direct fruit. Very tasty… Wonderful juicy width in the finish. Delicious!

2014 Pommrad Vignots
Not hailed, 30% whole-cluster, on white soil.
A suggestion of flowers, but discreet. Wide, volume, tasty sweet fruit slowly mouth-watering. Lovely tasty fruit in the finish. A drying note in the finish too, but modest. Yum

2014 Volnay
Assembly of 5 parcels, one above the 1ers, the rest from under. Each separately vinified before assembly.
Wide, a hint textured nose. Round, sweet, sumptuous wine. Then comes real tannin, with a mineral intensity wrapped amongst. Super!

2014 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Lavières
Deep, dark and floral – very inviting indeed. Less sweet, a wine with more muscle, late arriving intensity winds itself through dark structure. Long finishing, more mineral than fruit. Today a more intellectual wine, but I’m enjoying the ride…

2014 Beaune 1er Cru
A mix of Reversées and Clos de Roi
Wide, interesting depth and a suggestion of spice on the nose too. Lovely weight in the mouth, complexity too – intensity grows, supported by finely grained tannin. A chou-chou – yum! bigger again after you swallow!!!

2014 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Les Fichots
Also a late (August) finishing malo.
Compact top notes, indeed a little tight overall. Super, and wide, attack. Plenty of tannic structure here, but gorgeous, fresh dark fruit also. Needs a hint more time in the cellar but this is very good in my glass.

2014 Volnay 1er Clos des Angles
30% whole cluster, a bit less than the normal 50%, due to the hail.
The faintest of faint floral notes. Perhaps a note of reduction too. Enveloping flavour, round, malleable, supple, but with intensity too – waves of flavour. And gorgeous flavour too in the finish.

2014 Volnay 1er Caillerets
No whole cluster. ‘The terroir always give quite sufficient energy without.’
A narrow nose but rather deep. Gorgeous. You want more? Okay weight but without fat, supple, almost caressing fruit. A Iight ball of flavour from the mid-palate into the finish, a little mineralty takes a long time to die…
2014 Volnay 1er Chevrets
With 50% whole-clusters.
Wow – not the biggest, not the most open, but really a beautiful textured top note with some depth below. Really concentrated – a slowly growing weight of structure and just accented with some dryness. Really a structured finish where you taste the tannin more than the fruit. – but you get the fruit at the start. Excellent – to be bottled March/April, it will probably not be the same then…

2014 Volnay 1er Santenots
3 different parcels for a little over 2 hectares.
Wide and open, faintly mineral. Large-scaled in the mouth, a richness of sweet fruit, super intensity. There’s a base of tannin here too, but frankly it doesn’t have the opportunity to rise above the fruit – such is the fruit! Excellent, lingering finish that’s mildly mouth-watering.

2014 Volnay 1er Roncerets
All destemmed
Very round, fresh but not airy fruit – very appealing slowly adding a fresher floral note above. Wow! from the form and texture (not the flavour) I’m sinking into a bath of molten chocolate. Simply beautiful fruit flavour, brilliant wine to contemplate.
2014 Pommard 1er Cru
Jarolieres, Chanlins, Argillières, Charmots, Fremiets. 3 barrels… There wasn’t really enough to vinify separately after the hail…
A wide and subtly complex nose, perhaps with a faint spice too. Tighter below. Big wine, fills the mouth, very complex, fabulous fruit with a hint another level of complexity in the finish too – this is quite exceptional.
2014 Pommard 1er Epenots
From above the Clos des Epeneaux
A nice cherry stone top note. Lithe, intense, concentrated wine. As a young wine this has so much material it could be described as austere, but it will be great!

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