At 40 years old, the oenologist and agronomic engineer Nicolas Uriel is appointed Cellar Manager at Champagne Thiénot.
Allen Meadows’ Burghound scores and tasting notes for the Whites 2015 are out.
Domaine Sylvain Langoureau
Sylvain Langoureau has been directing this 9 ha domaine since 1989 which he says is now farmed entirely organically. He describes 2015 as a vintage of maturity.
“Other than the fact that it was very hot, we had a relatively easy growing season. I chose to begin picking on the 7th of September and the fruit was super-clean and quite ripe as potential alcohols were in the 12.5 to 13.5% range. Yields are what I would call correct at around 50 hl/ha, which is about the same as what we realized in 2014. As to the wines, they’re very rich with fine complexity and just enough supporting acidity to maintain the proper balance. They should drink well young and age over the short to perhaps mid-term and as such should be ideal for those who like their whites on the younger side.”
Langoureau told me that his 2015s were bottled in August and September 2016
Saint Aubin 2015: “A smoke-tinged nose features notes of various citrus elements along with hints of pear and apple. The rich and agreeably textured flavours possess a succulent mouth feel along with unusually good volume if perhaps a bit less minerality than I usually find with this cuvée. Note that it should drink well young”. 88 Points. Drink 2019+
Chassagne-Montrachet Les Pierres 2015: “This also displays a slightly smoky character on the petrol and pear-suffused nose that exhibits a whiff of exoticism. Once again there is fine volume and density to the rich, punchy and vibrant middle weight flavours that possess a generous mouth feel before terminating in a lingering if slightly fruity finish”. 88 Points. Drink 2019+
St Aubin Les Frionnes 2015: “A more elegant and layered nose features notes of acacia blossom, white orchard fruit and wisps of citrus peel. There is a slightly better sense of underlying tension to the relatively fine middle weight flavours that exude a subtle minerality on the mildly drier finish where a touch of bitter lemon emerges”. 89 Points. Drink 2020+
St Aubin Les Champlots 2015: “A ripe, fresh and well-layered nose is composed primarily of white orchard fruit, and in particular essence of pear, along with hints of spice and honey. The exceptionally rounded and pliant flavours possess good mid-palate density before concluding in a saline-infected and sappy finish. This should drink well young too. 90 Points. Drink 2010+
Domaine Jean & Jean Marc Pillot
Jean-Marc Pillot noted that 2015 was “certainly much easier than any of the prior three vintages through my yields for Pinot were sufficiently low that you would have thought we had hail or something. Yields for the Chardonnay were perfectly reasonable at between 40 and 45hl/ha but those in Pinot were only 20 to 30hl/ha. I attacked picking the whites on the 3rd of September and then picked the reds between the 7th and the 9th. Potential alcohols for the reds were strong as everything ranged from 13 to 13.5% and the phenolic ripeness was so good that I used on average 50% whole clusters for all the wines. I really like the quality of the 2015s and this is not only true for the reds that everyone likes but I think the whites are going to surprise people by how good they are. Granted, the 2015 whites are not as good as the 2014s but they are still very good. In the end time will of course have the final word but I am very optimistic.”
Puligny-Montrachet Le Noyer Bret 2015: “There is enough reduction at present to render the nose difficult to assess. Otherwise there is good freshness to the vibrant and seductively textured flavours that possess a slightly sleeker mouth feel and while there plenty of mid-palate fat, the overall impression is a wine of relative elegance and refinement”. 89-91 Points. Drink 2021+
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Champs Gains 2015: “This is quite firmly reduced and aromatically unreadable. By contrast there is both fine richness and volume to the sappy middle weight flavours that deliver good persistence on the clean, dry and again, ever so mildly rustic finish”. 89-91 Points. Drink 2022+
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets 2015: “A beautifully if subtly layered nose flashes really lovely complexity with its pure array of spiced pear, lavender, spice and citrus wisps. The equally pure and refined middle weight flavours possess an almost pungent minerality while offering fine depth and sneaky good length”. 91-93 Points. Drink 2023+
Corton-Charlemagne 2015: “Background notes of wood easily allow the aromas of petrol, green apple, floral and pear liqueur. The rich, full-bodied, powerful and overtly muscular flavours possess outstanding concentration, indeed the mouth feel is almost thick, before culminating in a sappy and lingering finish. This is a typical Corton-Charlemagne but it is certainly bold and impressive”. 90-93 Points. Drink 2022+
Chevalier-Montrachet 2015: “A more elegant nose merges notes of very pretty and ripe yet attractively cool aromas of spice, acacia blossom, pear liqueur and all but invisible wood. The racy, intense and mineral-driven broad shouldered flavours are at once succulent and ultra-refined, all wrapped in a strikingly persistent and well-balanced finish. This is a notably big but sophisticated effort that should drink well young but amply repay extended cellaring if desired. 92-95 Points. Drink 2025+