Revisiting the 2014s from Domaine du Clos Frantin

 

Vosne Romanée Clos Frantin

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Domaine du Clos Frantin

This domaine remains the jewel in the Bichot crown, being packed full of stellar vineyards and producing wines of undoubted class. Although only 7 hectares in size it has a whopping 1.75 hectare holding of Vosne Malconsorts as well as 5 different Grands Crus including Chambertin and Richebourg. The experienced Nuiton Alain Serveau is in charge of winemaking here and he continues to push the domaine up the steep hill of quality. Over the past few years the quality of tannins has become more refined and the wines have become fleshier and more fragrant. Prices have begun to move upwards as recognition of the quality of the wines has spread but despite that they remain more than fair compared to similar wines from their peers.











     

Domaine du Clos Frantin

 

The 2014 Vintage

Originally published January 2015

The reds are a delight. As always in a vintage that required diligence in the vineyards quality is less consistent amongst lesser growers but as we are not interested in those we can rest easy, knowing that there are some truly great wines out there.  Wines which finished their “malos”  fermentation some time ago are already showing beautiful  fruit, balance and poise. It seems to be a vintage that will seduce in youth with its juicy transparency but there is enough weight and acidity to give longevity too. Both fruit lovers and purists will fall in love with it in equal measure. In that sense perhaps there are elements of ’85 about it and a couple of producers banded around ’78 in conversation. It certainly bears little comparison to more recent vintages. It is fleshier than 2013, fresher than 2012, riper than 2011, more accessible than 2010, cooler than 2009, more charming than 2008, denser than 2007, more rounded than 2006, more Pinot than 2005. So we’ve told you what it isn’t like. At this stage it’s hard to say definitively what it is like, the wines are still babies. But what is clear, is that it’s a vintage of undoubted potential, class, typicity and joy.

 

 
Domaine du Clos Frantin Vosne Romanee

 

2014 Vosne Romanée
Domaine du Clos Frantin

Buy now for £235 per 6 in bond
Buy magnums for £235 per 3 in bond

"This is really quite stylish with high quality tannins and good polish. There is weight and volume and plenty of focused, mineral influenced fruit. A touch of oak frames it all very nicely. Drink from 2019."
Jason Haynes, Burgundy Buyer

"(a blend of two parcels, one on heavier soil in Basses Maizières, the other in Les Damaudes, which is situated high on the slope, above Malconsorts): Good bright red. Pungent aromas of raspberry and minerals. Much riper and purer than the Nuits-Saint-Georges that led off my tasting here, offering high-pitched flavors of raspberry, blood orange and flowers. Finishes with fairly ripe, suave tannins."
Stephen Tanzer, Vinous

 

     
Domaine du Clos Frantin Vosne Romanee Malconsorts    
2014 Vosne Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts
Domaine du Clos Frantin

Buy now for £450 per 6 in bond

"This remains something of a gift when one looks at the prices of other Malconsorts on the market but then Frantin are blessed with almost 2 hectares of vines here! The fruit is darker and the flesh sweet and glossy with very good intensity and oak balance. Drink from 2019."
Jason Haynes, Burgundy Buyer

"The 2014 Vosne Romanée 1Er Cru les Malconsorts has an elegant, refined bouquet with mineral-tinged red berry fruit, composed and a little backward but nicely focused. There is class here. The palate is supple on the entry with fine tannin, silky smooth in texture, very harmonious and nicely structured on the finish. This is a subtle Malconsorts, one that should not be underestimated."
Neal Martin, The Wine Advocate
     
 Clos Frantin Echezeaux Grand Cru    
2014 Echezeaux Grand Cru
Domaine du Clos Frantin

Buy now for £675 per 6 in bond
Buy Jéroboams for £480 per jéroboam

"The vines here are situated a little way up the slope in the part of Echézeaux known as Champs Traversins and the soil here is a little lighter. Consequently, there is a wonderful finesse from start to finish here and an impressive lightness of touch. This is very good indeed. Drink from 2020."
Jason Haynes, Burgundy Buyer

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The 2014 Echézeaux Grand Cru has a perfumed, floral bouquet with rose petals infusing the red cherry and wild strawberry fruit - fine mineralité here and focus. The palate is fresh and vibrant on the entry with crisp acidity, a little chewiness on the mid-palate but good density -- a swarthy Echézeaux that is determined to make an impression. "
Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
     



 

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