According to Jean-Baptiste Bouzereau, 2015 “presented us with an easy growing season, and for the first time in years, we even obtained reasonable quantities. Even so, it appeared that we would have a huge production, but in the end, there wasn’t all that much juice in the berries, so yields turned out to be normal.” The Les Tessons vineyard lies among a cluster of lieu dit vineyards just west of the village. Burgundy authority, Clive Coates MW named Domaine Michel Bouzereau as one of the “best cellars for (these) Deuxièmes Crus.” Coates went on to call the domaine the “best of the Bouzereau cellars [with] fine, racy, stylish wines which can be held longer than most.” Bouzereau began picking his 2015 a little early, in late August, preserving the zippy acidity levels a ripe vintage like 2015 needed for balance. Burghound’s Allen Meadows writes that the domaine’s 2015 clearly outperformed the general quality of the vintage. The wine is showing lovely aromas of citrus, peach, apple, and a hint of smoke. Drink from 2018-2028.
2010 Beaune 1er Cru Les Toussaints
Domaine Xavier Monnot
We went down to the cellar to pick the red wine for this installment of the T.O.B.! The 2010 vintage for red Burgundy was a great one, and it seems that all of the pundits agree. It’s classic in nature, though in general terms, the wines’ structures are firmer than their 2009 counterparts suggesting they’ll be longer lived. Aubert de Villaine of Domaine Romanée-Conti conveyed that the 2010 reds are more terroir driven than the ripe 2009’s. In Beaune, the Les Toussaints vineyard is just west of the village, sandwiched between Cent Vignes, Bressandes, and Les Grèves along the mineral-rich line of Premier Cru vineyards at the base of the slope. Formerly known as Domaine René Monnier (named for his maternal grandfather), Xavier Monnot can trace his lineage back for six generations of winegrowers. His 2010 Les Toussaints shows crunchy dark fruit, smoke, and spice on the nose. The palate is medium bodied and well balanced with the dark fruit at its core. The finish is bright and all in balance. It’s just hitting its drinking plateau now and should provide pleasure through 2027.