An overtly floral and spicy nose is quite restrained if exceptionally pretty with its cool array of spice, Asian-style tea and red and blue pinot fruit scents. There is terrific vibrancy to the much more mineral-driven medium weight flavors that also culminate in a linear and delineated finish that really firm up as it sits on the palate. This is very much built-to-age and is going to need at least half a dozen years to unwind. In a word, excellent.
The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Beaux Monts reveals an expressive, alluring nose of wood smoke, wild black fruit and violets that is already integrating its lavish application of high-quality new oak. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and ample, its chassis of fine tannins cloaked in a deep core of dark fruit. This hasn't yet begun to shut down, but when it does, plan to forget it for a decade. From 70-year-old vines, with a finished alcohol of 14.2%—making it one of the highest-octane cuvées in the Rouget cellar this year.