Wednesday, December 30, 2015

Domaine Comte Georges de Vogüé (Chambolle-Musigny) -- 2014s Tasted from Cask

Harvesting took place from 13 to 19 September. Quantity was a little higher than 2013 – the hail on 28 June did hit the vineyards here at Musigny and Amourueuses, resulting in 20-30% losses (a little less for Amoureuses than for Musigny), but as the hail took place before the green harvest, its effect was less severe than it could have been. The Musigny and Amoureuses were the standout wines – whether that is due to the lower yields or not is an open question. For the white, the amount was normal (in 2013, production of the white was just 1/3 of normal).

As usual, grapes were entirely destemmed (in recent times, 1990 is the only vintage with some whole clusters (10%), as well as a little more new wood than usual). Alcohols were moderate in 2014, as everywhere I visited. Malolactic fermentations were normal in their timing. François Millet, who was sick the day I visited, calls it a vintage of spring – spring flowers in the morning, a reflection of the freshness of the wines. (Continue reading here.)