Les Vérillats, Moulin-à-Vent
Generous amounts of menthol and oak stop just short of fighting with the more complex aromas that offer up plenty of pepper, spice and baked plum. The supple, round and relatively easy-going middle weight flavors possess an expansive mid-palate that tightens up immediately on the tightly wound finish that makes clear that this will need at least some patience first. With that said, this is not so structured that it couldn’t be approached with pleasure in a few years.
Wine & Spirits
The 11 acres of 45-year-old vines at Les Vérillats face east into the morning sun, sited at the top of a mass of granite that might as well have layered itself into the wine. This 2016 is all about rock, especially in the powerful tannins, their tension and mineral austerity relieved by bright, tart cherry flavor and deeper blue-fruit tones. It’s youthful and dynamic, showing little influence of the oak barrels in which it aged, other than its preparedness for long aging in bottle.
A brooding style, with steeped cherry and raspberry gelée notes, supported by licorice and floral details that are matched to savory hints of herb and black tea on the structured finish. Drink now through 2024. 500 cases made, 20 cases imported.