The 2014 vintage for white Burgundy was a great one, and depending on who you ask, it borders on legendary status. August was relatively cool, but it was followed by an exceptional September when the sun shone every day but three. The perfect conditions at harvest assured that there would be some fine wine produced from the vintage. Philippe Pernot, grandson of Paul Pernot, one of Puligny-Montrachet’s most famous vignerons, made just two barrels of his Beaune Premier Cru Pertuisots. That’s just 50 cases for the world, and we got half of them! The 1er Cru Pertuisots vineyard lies south of the village, very near the highly esteemed Clos des Mouches. Considering the ideal conditions, it’s not surprising that the 2014 is Philippe’s best vintage to date. The aromas are fresh and distinct — lime, citrus blossom, snappy green apple, and stony mineral. The palate is concentrated and that stony mineral holds court with the lively fruit. The finish is crisp and perfectly balanced. Enjoy from now-2020.
As great as 2014 was for Burgundy’s white wines, the 2015 vintage is equally magnificent for the reds. Stéphane Magnien represents the fourth generation of winemakers from this branch of the family. The youthful Magnien has Pinot Noir vines growing in some of the Côtes de Nuits’ most prized vineyards, including about a half a hectare in the Premier Cru Les Faconnières, which is literally a stone’s throw from the famous Grand Cru, Clos de la Roche. Magnien’s 2015’s are his most fleshy, easy to approach wines since the 2009 vintage, yet they are classically structured, suggesting they will age gracefully. The bouquet of Stéphane’s 2015 Les Faconnières is wildly expressive with brambly red, blue, and purple berry fruit and spice. The palate is dense and chewy, yet the tannins are finely integrated, and the finish is harmonious. If you want to get the most out of this one, we suggest giving it some time in the cellar. Drink from 2020-2035.