Three for me this week:
- 2015 Marcel Lapierre Morgon - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Morgon (8/8/2016)
From 375, popped and poured. Youthful purple/ruby, deep. Aromas of black cherry, raspberry, tarragon & parsley accompanied by a whiff of funk and underlying minerals. A savory, almost "meaty" note develops with air. Medium body. Dark fruits and herbaceous notes on the palate, decidedly youthful and primary. Comes off as a hypothetical blend of the 2008 & 2009 in terms of flavor actually...and, as almost always the case with Lapierre, the 2015 is beautifully balanced, with deceptive acidity perfectly complimenting subtle tannins in a silken mouthfeel.
Clearly needs more time but all the pieces are there, will revisit next spring.
To me, this is classic Lapierre...as always, so good and sooo yummy.
- 2015 Château Thivin Côte de Brouilly - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Côte de Brouilly (8/8/2016)
Popped and poured, youthful purple/ruby hue, quite dark for Beaujolais. On the nose, raspberry and strawberry immediate. As this opens, some of the typical Thivin-iron notes emerge along with subtle herbaceous qualities and hints of earth. Medium to medium-plus body. Exceptionally concentrated, this is a very powerful expression of Thivin, one that's amazingly concentrated, bracingly acidic, astringently tannic and thoroughly flavorful. Grand Cru quality, vin de garde that needs 10+ years and a near-facsimile of the 2009 on release; true "Wow!" wine.
The 2015 Thivin...wow, what a wine. To me, the 2015 is almost exactly like the 2009 but even better.
- 2015 Coudert Fleurie Clos de la Roilette - France, Burgundy, Beaujolais, Fleurie (8/11/2016)
Popped and poured, youthful violet/ruby. Fruit-forward (raspberry) and carbonic immediately off the pop, an herbaceous earthiness becomes apparent as this opens. Medium body. So entirely youthful on the palate, shows an abundance of lush, ripe fruit flavors that are cut by a decent dose of acidity. Although the tannins are well-rounded, there's a chewiness to them that's slightly astringent on the moderate close. At this early stage, the 2015 comes off like a more-substantial blend of the 2013 & 2014; that said, this clearly needs some time to sort itself out. Has lots of potential though...
No doubt, the 2015 Roilette has above average concentration and flavors that could come off as somewhat ripe for Beaujolais...which is perfectly fine for me. Still, it's just so youthful right now and hard to properly asses. Gonna hold my bottles of Tardive until next summer before trying one.
As for the 2015 vintage, hard for me to draw conclusions from 3 wines...still, it's pretty clear that it is a "big" vintage and one which shows plenty of potential. I'd even say the comparison of 2015 to 2009 might be entirely warranted. And speaking of, the 2015 Thivin is strikingly reminiscent of how the amazing 2009 showed on release, if not even better...Thivin's been on such a roll.