MCF Rare Wine
The Stunning 2014s of Jerome Chezeaux
A few weeks back, we hosted our first 'Masterclass' tasting in our new space and it was a grat success, to say the least. The wines showed beautifully and were enjoyed by all and, today, I'm happy to follow up with my thoughts on each of the remaining available wines.
2014s are, across the board, wines of clarity, transparency and impeccable balance, but they are, as these fine Chezeaux display, wines of deceptive structure that will age beautifully.
Like vintages such as '98 or '01, these will be showing wonderfully while people wait forever for their 2015s to come around!
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Rue de Chaux 2014 $69 $61/btl -
This flamboyant, deep and darkly-fruited Nuits was the surprise of the tasting for me, with chewy dark fruit and a wonderful, earthy pungency. It doesn't have the aromatic class or structure of some of the more famous sites, but it makes up for it with sheer density and up-front complexity. While it is so good right now, it will certainly reveal more and more in the coming years 5-10 years. I was really so very impressed with this!
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers 2014 $69 $61/btl -
While more restrained than the Rue, the Pruliers is also quite friendly, displaying dense, textured dark fruit, but with more firmness on the back end and more of a mineral core. Another fabulously good wine and a fabulously good price.
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2014 $72 $64/btl -
As we work our way up the ladder here, it becomes less about showiness and more about the stunning aromatic clarity, restraint and firm structure that Chezeaux is known for. The Vaucrains is a prime example. On the nose, the incredibly tightly-packed aromas tease with hints of all manner of complexity that's buried inside. Floral, fresh and firmly strcutured, this is one I anticipate not touching until well after 2025.
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots 2014 $74 $66/btl -
With the Boudots, we're really getting into the cool, airy, perfumed and ethereally spicy side of Nuits. While it may be tempting to deem this another 'early-drinker', due to it's ballerina-like agility, the Boudots has plenty of complexity locked inside (as evidenced by its subtle, but firm backbone), and it's destined to become a 'flowerhouse', if you will.
Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Les Chaumes 2014 $76 $68/btl -
The lone Vosne Romanée available, the Les Chaumes, is a beauty. This classic Vosne, with its pure red fruits, exotic, spicy undertones and persistent mineral/savory notes throughout, is seductively elegant and wonderfully balanced. It doesn't get much better at this price anymore.
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