The 2015 vintage in Red Burgundy has been called one of the best in a generation. Ideal growing conditions produced perfectly ripe fruit, resulting in wines that are full bodied, deeply colored, and simply delicious.
Many of the wines will require aging to reach their potential, but not all of them. Roger Belland in Santenay makes wines for the nearer term. Belland’s reds are drinkable young every year, and in a vintage like 2015, they’re unusually delightful.
Roger Belland and his daughter Julie are 5th and 6th generation winemakers in Santenay, at the southern end of the Côte d’Or. Their 2015 Santenay 1er cru “Beauregard” shows everything that is great about this vintage: perfectly rounded tannins, abundant ripe fruit, and a mouthfilling, sturdy finish.
Wine Critic Allen Meadows (Burghound) awarded this wine 90 points, citing “exceptionally rich flavors,” “liqueur-like aromas of plum and earth,” and a “delicious, sappy, and palate-coating finish.” We agree, finding notes of currants and minerals, with a particularly complex and silky mouthfeel that is both lively and long.
There are certainly more age-worthy red Burgundies from this legendary vintage. But for a reasonably-priced cuvée to enjoy this fall, we can’t think of a better choice than the 2015 Beauregard.
Belland Santenay 1er “Beauregard” 2015
bottle price: $35
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