Careful aging does fascinating things to a bottle of wine. Tannins soften, ripe fruits turn to cooked, and the palate adds fascinating secondary notes: mushrooms, underbrush, nuts, and tobacco. Not all wines require aging to reach their potential, but for those that do, there’s no substitute for time.
Today’s wine is a perfectly aged, 15-year-old premier cru red Burgundy. From the perennially overlooked town of Morey-St-Denis, this wine is emblematic of its tiny village — humble, honest, and elegant. A Morey-St-Denis will never be the loudest wine in a lineup. But for elegance and ageworthiness, we’d happily put them next to any other red Burgundy.
Pierre Bourée is an old-school winemaker based next door in Gevrey-Chambertin. The Bourées build wines for the long haul, and then age many themselves. This Morey-St-Denis sat in the Bourée cellar from the time it was bottle until this spring. Bourée’s low intervention style involves wild yeasts, whole cluster fermentation, and a long maceration.
Their wines can be tannic and dense in their youth, but with patience transform into bottles of elegance and beauty. The 2001 MSD 1er cru “Baulets” is deep, intense, and woodsy in the nose, showing stewed prunes, barnyard, mineral, and spices. The mouth is velvety and smooth showing mid-weight fruits that have perfectly melted into the structure and toast.
This is a red Burgundy to sit with and contemplate. It has reached our warehouse after 15 years and 3500 miles, and we invite you to share in its delicious final act.
BOURÉE Morey-St-Denis 1er cru “Baulets” 2001
Ansonia Retail: $78
AVAILABLE IN 3- 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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