Burgundy 2015 | ‘Unmatched value’ from Charles Audoin in Marsannay | Magnums available

January 26th 2017

It’s no secret that 2015 Burgundy, particularly red Burgundy, has been a runaway success. A consistent message echoing through the trade and press is that in this brilliant vintage it’s not just the classified crus and most prestigious villages which have produced excellent quality, the communal wines of peripheral appellations like Marsannay have exceeded themselves.

Charles-Audoin-1“It is a genuinely great vintage and it’s a great vintage from top to bottom. In fact, in all my years of visiting Burgundy I have never seen a better vintage for wines at the bottom of the appellation hierarchy. To be sure, it’s great at the top as well but if ever there was a vintage to explore for value, it’s this one.” Allen Meadows, Burghound

The Charles Audoin 2015s are testament to this. Son Cyril has for years been instrumental in raising the quality and the reputation of the Marsannay appellation. A vintage like 2015 gives him the perfect platform to shine. Marsannay is one of the Côte de Nuits’s most underrated appellations, often dismissed as only interesting for its claim as the only village in the Côte d’Or permitted to produce red, white and rosé wines. But this northern cousin of Gevrey Chambertin is so much more than that. Cyril is convinced that 2015 is the most balanced and exciting vintage he has made since taking over from his father, and this fabulous trio of wines highlights why, if there were to be any reclassifications, some of Marsannay’s lieux dits would warrant elevation to premier cru status.

Allen Meadows on Audoin’s 2015s:
“they offer almost unmatched value in the context of what is typical in the Côte de Nuits today.”

With volumes now scarce across the region it is worth turning your gaze to Marsannay for both quality and good value in what has been the most in-demand release of Burgundy en primeur we have ever seen. In Saturday’s Telegraph Victoria Moore discussed this very issue, and selected two of Audoin’s wines to illustrate this very point.

2015 Marsannay Les Longeroies Charles Audoin 
*Selected by Victoria Moore in The Saturday Telegraph 
£240.00 per 12 bottles In Bond
£270.00 per 6 magnums In Bond
A highly respected lieu dit, which is one of the proposed vineyards to be considered for premier cru status within the commune of Marsannay. A wine that focuses on bright redcurrant flavours, with lovely energy and drive. Drink 2018 – 2026, Goedhuis & Co

There is a discreet application of oak that easily allows the ripe yet cool aromas of black raspberry, cherry, spice and violet scents to shine. The supple, round and solidly concentrated medium weight flavors possess fine volume before concluding in a succulent yet serious and mildly austere finish. 89-91 points Burghound

2015 Marsannay Clos du Roy Charles Audoin *Selected by Victoria Moore in The Saturday Telegraph
£240.00 per 12 bottles In Bond
£270.00 per 6 magnums In Bond
This is a star cuvée for Domaine Audoin in 2015. Full of delectably sweet dark bramble fruits, it has a mouth-coating richness and bright freshness. Great balance with a deliciously lively, ripe finish. Drink 2018 – 2027 Goedhuis & Co

A discreet application of wood serves as a relatively subtle backdrop for the fresh, cool and ripe aromas of both red and dark currant, earth and soft floral nuances. I like the sense of underlying tension and punch to the mineral-driven medium-bodied flavors that deliver fine length on the saline-inflected, clean and focused finale. *Outstanding* 89-92 points Burghound

2015 Marsannay Les Favieres Charles Audoin
£240.00 per 12 bottles In Bond
£270.00 per 6 magnums In Bond
Always the most composed wine in the Audoin stable, this a real favourite of mine. Stunningly pure Pinot Noir characteristics, almost in the New Zealand Pinot vein. Poised and vibrant, with sweet loganberry flavours on the finish. This is gorgeous. Drink 2018 – 2027 Goedhuis & Co

This is almost always one of Audoin’s best wines and so it is again in 2015 with its subtly oaked nose of fresh and layered black raspberry, violet and cassis aromas. The rich, full-bodied and mouth coating flavors possess plenty of dry extract that pushes the firm tannic spine to the background on the focused, powerful and dusty finale. This is good stuff though note that it will need at least 4 to 5 years of bottle age first. *Outstanding* *Top Value* 90-92 points Burghound