Domaine Dujac Les Beaux Monts, Vosne-Romanee Cote de Nuits Burgundy 2017
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Vosne-Romanée "Les Beaux Monts" ♥
1er Cru Red barrel
Score: 91-93 Burghound
Tasted: Jan 10, 2019
Producer note: Jeremy Seysses describes the 2017 growing season as one that was "precocious and clement so we had a much easier time of it compared to what we endured in 2016. In particular, Chambolle and Echézeaux rebounded well from the severe frost damage. There was a bit of hail damage in the northern part of Morey and south end of Gevrey, which is to say in Clos St. Denis, Clos de la Roche and Combottes. Otherwise the summer and the weeks leading up to the harvest were favorable. We started picking the whites on the 28th of August, progressed to the domaine reds on the 5th and 6th of September and then finished up with the Fils et Père wines on the 12th. The fruit was reasonably ripe and very clean, which is to say most potential alcohols were in the 12.3 to 12.8% range with normal acidities but relatively low levels of malic acid. As such there wasn't much pH shift from the malos. We used between 75% and 90% whole clusters for the vinifications except for the Beaux Monts where it was 60%. At first I wasn't sure what to think of the wines, in particular the reds, but they have really improved during the élevage, especially the textures as they have much more flesh and substance now. As to comparable recent vintages, 2017 has aspects that resemble both 2007 and 2014 in the sense that the wines are not super-dense but pure, refreshing and transparent." I found the domaine's 2017s to be of variable though generally very good quality. But I was very impressed by their now in-bottle 2016s as well and they are worth a special search to find. The 2016s, revisited below, were bottled between January and March 2018. Note further that the 2017 Dujac Fils et Père wines are reviewed immediately below as well. (The Sorting Table, www.thesortingtable.com, CA and Chambers & Chambers Wine Merchants, www.chamberswines.com, CA, both USA; O.W. Loeb, www.owloeb.com, Berry Bros & Rudd, www.bbr.com, Fields, Morris & Verdin, www.fmvwines.com, Flint Wines, www.flintwines.com, all UK; Altaya Wines, www.altayawines.com, Hong Kong).
Tasting note: A high-toned and very spicy nose blends notes of violet, sandalwood, Asian-style tea and red and dark currant scents. There is much better density to the ultra-sleek and sophisticated middle weight flavors that exude evident minerality on the precise finish that flashes excellent depth and persistent on the slightly more structured finish.