Domaine Jean & Gilles Lafouge Auxey-Duresses 1er cru rouge Ecusseaux 2014
A delicious and complex Pinot Noir which is drinking perfectly now
As a Burgundian Pinot Noir this one ticks all the right boxes, the nose is very inviting with red fruits such as cherry and stewed strawberry. The palate is well defined and complex continuing with the red fruits and interlacing spice and oak flavours balanced by a fresh acidity and minerality. The 2014 has just come into its own and is drinking perfectly, there is structure from the tannins which makes this even more delicious.
Auxey is on the way up – think of it as the ‘new’ Saint-Aubin. Rising temperatures mean the grapes here no longer struggle to ripen and Gilles Lafouge’s range consists of beautifully crafted, un-showy but thoroughly satisfying red and white Burgundies.
The Les Hautés borders Meursault Vireuils and the Boutonniers sits right next door to Meix Chavaux – the former offering a floral, fluid style compared to the more focused Boutonniers.
The reds have that hugely attractive sweet core of fruit, fine tannins, freshness and vinous poise.