2015 Domaine Frederic Esmonin, Pernand-Vergelesses “Les Boutieres” Red Burgundy, France.
It was a wonderful experience to see Frederic Esmonin (at the Atherton Wine Imports tasting in San Francisco Feb. 27, 2017) and taste his latest wines, the 2015 vintage across the board was a fantastic set of wines from this Domaine, they will be very limited as the crop was tiny in comparison to a normal vintages, so I suggest you get your orders in quick for these lovely wines! The 2015 Esmonin Red Burgundies are fine efforts, some of the best young wines I’ve ever tasted from this winery, from the very top cuvees to some of the most basic cuvees, you can’t go wrong here, especially the 2015 Frederic Esmonin Pernard-Vergelesses “Les Boutieres” which offers great depth and substance with beautiful Pinot fruit and terroir detail all at a truly remarkable price. Other great wines in the Esmonin lineup include his Gevrey-Chambertin(s) and in particular his Grand Cru(s) Mazy-Chambertin and Ruchottes-Chambertin all of which are very serious wines that are gorgeous in flavors and textures. The “Les Boutieres” Pernand-Vergelesses 2015 is lightly perfumed with dark fruits, crushed violets/rose and opens to a medium bodied wine of layered classic flavors of black cherry, plum and tangy currant with mineral notes, cinnamon, cedar, faint sweet smoke, earthy loam and licorice. This wine danced on the palate with vibrancy and life along with fine satiny tannins and subtle juicy acidity, this is a little jewel and a seductive Burgundy, it will drink nicely on day one and certainly over the next decade, don’t miss this one!
($30 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

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