This is powerful, ripe and creamily smooth, bearing yellow fruits that dominate the wood aging. It’s a rich medley of apricot and yellow peach flavors, laced with citrusy acidity. Full, complex and generous, this is worth aging for over four years.
One of the Vincent family’s single-vineyard wines from Les Brûlés, a hot south-facing slope (hence the name, meaning “burnt”). The wine, though, has all the right mineral characters, the wood finely integrated into yellow fruits, melon and a texture under tension. Age for 5–6 years.
New wood overwhelms the aromas, and it also dominates the palate of this wine. It just keeps on the right side of drinkability because the spice merges into pear flavors to give an intriguing nutmeg character, while the aftertaste offers freshness. The wine needs at least a year to blend together.
Shows more obvious oak than the other cuvées from this producer, with smoke and caramel notes layered over rich, baked-apple fruit. A bit low in acidity, but powerful on the finish. Drink now–2010. Imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd.
A bit obviously oaky, with caramel-toast notes atop baked apples and pears. Seems like ordinary oaky Chardonnay, right up until the strongly minerally finish, which gives it an extra dimension. Imported by Frederick Wildman and Sons, Ltd.