Clos de Vougeot, Domaine Coquard Loison-Fleurot 2017
The 2017 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru, matured in 50% new oak, feels rather muted on the nose at the moment, surpassed by the Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and good density, but at the moment it just feels a little voiceless and needs more personality to develop during the remainder of its barrel maturation. Maybe the weak link in their portfolio this year? Drink 2021-2032.
The 2017s form a strong follow-up to the outstanding 2016s. Colladot shows deft use of whole bunches, knows when to select new oak or used, add stems or not (details for each cuvée are presented in the tasting notes.) He allows the vineyards to articulate their own personalities so that each one offers its own take on the vintage. If you have not discovered Coquard Loison Fleurot, practice saying that name on a daily basis, or use the acronym “CLF.” It never does “DRC” any harm. Make sure you bag some of the 2017s when they hit the market.
|Score: 89/91||Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2019|
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