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Decanter – February 2017

The Decanter magazine has rated the vintage 2015. William Kelley has given wonderful marks and comments to our new vintage. We thank him a lot and let you discover the next cuvee to taste.

Decanter-February-2017

Corton Perrières Grand Cru

Red

94

2027

2070

The lone red Grand Cru in the Juillot cellars is also excellent this year, and sure to be a great bargain. Aromas of red cherry, cassis, iron-like soil tones and coniferous forest floor precede a powerful, full-bodied wine with great depth, concentration and balance. A mere 30% new oak really lets the terroir shine.
Mercurey 1er Cru Clos du Roi Red 93 2025 2040 From a parcel planted in 1932, the domaine’s smallest holding, Juillot typically bottles this exceptional wine exclusively in magnum. A refined, complex bouquet of wild berries, rich soil and incipient notes of roast squab precedes a supple, deep, full-bodied wine with a lovely chassis of fine tannin which will come into its own after a decade in the cellar. A smart purchase in 2015.
Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Barraults Red 92 2023 2040 The most taut and reserved of Juillot’s 1er crus, notes of red berries, cherry and chalky soil tones, subtly framed by new wood, lead into an elegant wine with a deceptively deep core of minerality and crunchy tannins.
Mercurey 1er Cru Les Combins Red 91 2020 2033 The Les Combins bottling, is especially delicious this year, loaded with expressive and juicy red cherry and strawberry fruit, complemented by subtle spice, with an ample, generous palate impression.
Mercurey 1er Cru Champs Martins Red 91 2022 2035 The Champs Martins is also lovely in 2015, with a bouquet of black raspberry and licorice, marked a little more by its elevage at this stage (30% new oak), and framed by rich, ripe tannins.
Mercurey 1er Cru Clos Tonnerre Red 90 2020 2033 The Clos Tonnerre, from vines planted in 1958, is richer and more gourmand than the village bottlings, structured around fine, savoury tannins and boasting a bouquet of griotte cherry, kirsch and forest floor.
Mercurey Les Vignes de Maillonge Red 88 2018 2026 Another juicy village Mercurey, bursting with notes of dark fruit, chalky soil and subtle espresso, with more depth and tension on the fine, mid-weight palate.
Mercurey Red 87 2017 2025 A lovely Mercurey, bursting with notes of red cherry, rose and chalky soil tones; crisp, crunchy and laden with juicy red fruit on the palate. Approachable young with a quick decant.
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru White 93 2020 2040 The Juillot Corton-Charlemagne hails from a parcel adjacent to Domaine Coche-Dury’s, within the original boundaries of the grand cru classification before it was expanded. It’s aged in 50% new oak and produced three-and-a-half barrels in this vintage. The 2015 is a powerful rendition, with a nose of lemon zest, peach, white flowers, hazelnut and a framing of spicy new oak, followed on the palate by a full-bodied, intense wine with bright acidity and a long, authoritative finish. A rich, rather old-fashioned Corton-Charlemagne, but none the worse for that.
Mercurey 1er Cru Champs Martin White 90 2018 2028 The vines in Champs Martin produced lots of tiny, shot berries this year, and the extra concentration has lent this wine a lovely, velouté texture and beautiful depth on the palate—introduced by a bouquet of ripe orchard fruit, mirabelle plum and wet stones.
Mercurey 1er Cru En Sazenay White 89 2016 2025 En Sazenay is crisper and brighter still, with an elegant nose of citrus zest, white peach and orange blossom, leading into a refined, gently textural palate impression with nice minerality and cut.
Mercurey 1er Cru Clos des Barraults White 89 2017 2027 The Clos de Barraults is more reserved and harder to read at this early stage, but it reveals more depth and amplitude on the palate, and a complex bouquet in which buttered apple mingles with notes of wheat toast and subtle spice.
Mercurey Les Vignes de Maillonge White 88 2016 2022 The Vignes de Maillonge is more serious, with a pure bouquet of grapefruit and mirabelle plum, followed by a wine with a generous, ample attack but nice soil-driven tension through the finish.
Rully White 87 2016 2020 A delicious, expressive Rully, dominated by notes of white flowers and grapefruit; juicy and fresh, to drink in its youth. Vinified and aged in demi-muids as well as fûts to preserve its energy.
Mercurey White 87 2016 2020

The basic Mercurey is more gourmand and ample than the Rully, with a glossy, textural palate impression and aromas of ripe stone fruit.

 

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