En Point: 2015 Bourgogne Drinking Beautifully Now

Posted on: 08/22/19 8:24 PM

We don’t have much left, but I bought big in 2015 and that effort is just now starting to bear fruit. Take today’s wine – 2015 Henri Boillot Bourgogne Rouge. Sweet, lush fruit, a core of earth tones and a ravish-me-now quality that makes this almost irresistible. As good as it was on release, it’s even better now, the structure finally yielding entirely to the fruit and providing a sumptuous quaff for a modest price – for Burgundy anyhow!

2015 is truly a special year, recalling the fruit and power of 2005, but with a structure that is less inimitable, or at least more friendly in its youth than 2005 has ever been. The best of them will age for as long as any of Burgundy’s greatest years – 1959 or 1990, for example. Doubt me that these vintages truly pay off in the long run? Buy any – I repeat any – 1959 red Burgundy you can find, provided it is in sound condition. I’d be willing to bet that it’s delicious, in fact, profound, even. I can’t think of a single wine I have had from that vintage that has not blown me away – from Beaune 1ers Crus to Richebourg.

That’s the kind of quality on display in 2015. And as they say – a high tide lifts all boats. There are few better values out there than the combination of a great grower and an exceptional vintage and entry level wine.

While supplies last!

2015 H. Boillot Bourgogne Rouge

Burghound: “A ripe, fresh and attractively layered nose consists of both red and dark currant aromas that are laced with plenty of earth influence. The fleshy, round and delicious flavors possess excellent volume while terminating in a sappy if slightly warm finish. This is more forward than usual and made in an easy-to-like style.”

Posted in Burgundy List By Ian Halbert