Cecile Tremblay-Vosne Romanee V.V. 2017 (AM91)
Note: from Aux Communes, Les Jacquines and Rouges du Dessus Producer note: C矇cile Tremblay was openly enthusiastic about the 2017 growing season saying that it was easy other than an early season frost scare. I have never made so few treatments and that's always a big plus when the vines are able to largely take care of themselves. There was a bit of heat stress in the second half of August but around 20 mm of rainfall just before the harvest helped to re-equilibrate the fruit even if it did add some volume. I chose to begin picking on the 5th of September as it was clear from the leaves that the vegetative cycle had run its course. The fruit was clean and ripe plus yields were good coming in as they did right around 38 hl/ha across all of my appellations including the Bourgogne. I used on average 30 to 40% whole clusters for the vinifications though it varied as some had none and the Aux Echanges had 100%. As to the wines, I think that they should drink well all of their lives as they're elegant and refined and the tannic structure is relatively pliant. In fact, they remind me somewhat of the 2014s and they haven't closed down either and they very well may not. Tremblay noted that she has adopted the new appellation of Bourgogne - C繫te d'Or and thus there will no longer be a Bourgogne designated as Croix Blanche. Tasting note: A markedly spicier and more deeply pitched nose grudgingly reveals notes of dark cherry, plum, violet and sandalwood. The velvety, delicious and caressing medium-bodied flavors possess fine concentration for the vintage, all wrapped in a highly seductive, sappy and sneaky long finish. I like the balance and overall this is too a really quite good plus it's very Vosne.