Despite some dramatic climatic conditions, the 2014 finished on a positive note for DRC. A long tumultuous growing season ended with an Indian summer of sunny, warm, dry weather. Then came the cool cleansing northerly winds to dry the deep coloured bunches. The harvest started around the 16th September in Corton and finished with Le Montrachet on the 22nd. Vinifications under the watchful eye of Bernard Noblet, ensured a long secondary fermentation in oak casks before a final bottling in Spring 2016.
Here are my notes on the main grand crus. We know 2014 was a magnificent vintage for white burgundy but not quite as big and ripe as 2015 for the Pinot Noir. However, these '14s display the pure terroir expression of a cool, classic vintage and have the fruit, acidity and tannin balance required for ageing. We have tasted some seriously fine reds in this vintage with DRC and a hand-full of other growers leading the field.
Deep red with a bouquet of wild strawberry, briars, incense and hedgerow. Earthy sour cherry and berry fruit, herbal notes with mineral edge . Robust, medium full with firm tannins for now. 89+ GW
Fresh raspberry and blackberry with floral notes. Textured slightly sour fruit with notes of tobacco, dry tannins with a metallic earthy finish. 88+ GW
Aromas of rose, scorched earth and berry fruit in the background. Currants, all spice, herbal with textured tannins constructing a profound medium bodied expression of this great grand cru. Clearly defined layers energised by precise acidity and a mineral tension that compels you to take another sip. Seriously sophisticated. 94+ GW
Wonderful aromas of sweet raspberry, cinnamon and cherry. A full palate displays generous sweet fruit with a saline mineral edge. Seductive, very finely textured tannins, mixed spice and acidity that lifts the finish. Superb example. Drink from 2020+ 95 GW
Deep bright ruby, some nice ripe red fruits though restrained, especially in the mid palate. The tannins are finely textured but there is a solid compact mid palate with brisk acidity on the finish. This is layered but so closed that it will take at least 5 years to come round. 94+ GW
Deep red hues. Light sour cherry fruit, floral hints and cinnamon spice on the aromatics. Earthy restrained fruit with tea leaf nuances. Intense but austere at present with a solid depth of finely textured tannins. Layers of complexity but disjointed and will need 3-4 years to integrate. Great potential though. 95+GW
Intense aromas of earth, briars, rose and dusky fruit beneath. Powerful sinews of sour edged fruit, raspberry and blackberry pith that tastes a little austere now. This sits between layers of earthy minerality, mixed herbs, sappy tannins from the wood and stems. Not bitter but dry and savoury. This is packed with flavour, compelling complexity with a prominent acidity that projects a long lateral finish. Awkward, brooding and introverted for now but given another 5-7 years, the components should weld together to form a truly classic terroir driven style. 96+ GW
Notes and scores by Guy Willings