If You Only Buy One: 2015 Red Burgundy Value that Steals the Spotlight

Posted on: 04/10/18 8:35 PM


My love for Bitouzet-Prieur is well known. Classical is the catch word at the Domaine. Whether you’re dealing with Meursault or Volnay, a bottle with Bitouzet-Prieur on the label ensures that the experience will be classique. The Meursaults are tense and mineral, with an oily richness, while the Volnays bound with floral notes, Volnay’s hallmark medicinal minerality and a sultry sophistication.

We all know 2015 is an epic vintage, with incredible structure and raucous fruit. Such vintages are of the “high tide raises all boats” types. As such, it is the perfect vintage to load up on Village and Bourgogne wines that will age well and offer a lot of pleasure and ageability for relatively short money.

And if you only buy one red Burgundy in 2015, do yourself a favor and order a case of the 2015 Bitouzet-Prieur Volnay. Sultry and sophisticated, the suavity of the palate is indeed impressive, with rich, sweet and sumptuous fruit. Yet – and here’s the brilliance of Francois and Vincent Bitouzet – there’s still a core of mineral energy and freshness that is Volnay’s signature.

Burghound: “There is excellent volume to the rich and velvet-textured flavors that possess a rounded, even lush mouth feel, all wrapped in a sappy and lightly mineral-inflected finish. … [with] fine depth and persistence. … Worth considering.” Outstanding ♥

Simply put, this is brilliant juice. Drink it now, or in 10 years. And for the price, I’d not let this one slip by.

Tanzer: “Medium red. Ripe aromas of cherry, raspberry and menthol. Offers good stuffing for village wine, but with a touch of menthol coolness to its red berry and spice flavors. Seriously rich wine with good palate presence.”

35+ year old vines from several parcels, though primarily Ez Echards and Les Aussy, which lie directly beneath 1er Roncerets.

Posted in Burgundy List By Ian Halbert