30% whole bunch, 50% new oak. Pale ruby. Light and fresh but it developed autumn undergrowth aromas in the glass. A little chewy on the end but no shortage of fruit. Very pure. Pure as a mountain stream, in fact. No blockbuster but a charmer.
Anticipated maturity: 2020-2035
The 2017 La Grande Rue, the famous 1.65-hectare monopole of the domaine that runs parallel to Romanée-Conti and La Romanée, offers attractive crushed strawberry, raspberry, rose petal and wet limestone aromas on the nose. This is not as intense as the 2016 but very focused and delineated. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry, replete with filigreed tannin and a refreshing sense of salinity that becomes more marked toward the finish. This feels linear and almost strict at the moment, but it will gain more depth during the remainder of its barrel maturation. Excellent.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2040