Domaine de Clos Frantin Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Les Malconsorts 2015 - 3L
Les Malconsorts is an exceptional Vosne-Romanée Premier Cru. Maison Albert Bichot is lucky enough to own 1.75 ha (4.3 acres) of this jewel, which is located close to legendary vineyards (less than 400 metres from Romanée-Conti and less than 600 metres from Richebourg!). The name "Malconsorts" suggests that this land must once have been at the origin of disputes between “mauvais consorts” (bad partners), from the Latin word CONSORS meaning "associate, partner".
A relatively deeply pitched nose offers plenty of floral and spice elements along with notes of plum, dark cherry and a touch of Asian-style tea that are trimmed in discreet but not invisible wood. As is usually the case there is excellent volume and a taut muscularity to the sappy broad-shouldered flavors that flash good depth through the austere bitter cherry pit-inflected finish that is markedly compact and fairly short. While that in and of itself is not a flaw, it's not immediately clear that this is necessarily going to better harmonize with time even though I have indicated about when I estimate the tannins will have mostly subsided.
Country/Region: France, Côte de Nuits
Grape Variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Bottle Size: OWC 1x3000ml