Maurice Charleux Maranges 1er Cru Les Clos Roussots 2015
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When those warmer vintages come along, Maurice Charleux has been a particularly 'fruitful' source for pure, honest Burgundy at very attractive fares. Today’s property encompasses about 10 acres, 85% of which is Pinot Noir in the appellations Santenay, Maranges and Bourgogne. The soils typically have a lot of limestone and this .51 hectare plot consists of primarily 30-year-old vines. The vineyard sits at the southern end of the appellation, and the wines see 15% new oak with the rest 2nd and 3rd use vessels. The Maurice Charleaux Maranges 1er Cru Clos Roussots 2015 is the best example we can recall since the 2009, another warm vintage with greater levels of ripeness in the grapes.
This is ripe, pure, ‘old-school’ Burgundy in the sense that there is a rather deep core of black cherry fruit with a touch of earth, a little minerality, and a pleasing little bit of rustic chewiness to the finishing tannins. This is Burgundy that excels here as being a fine, engaging, unpretentious example of this hidden away village at the southern end of the Cote du Beaune. It is a well-priced, expressive example of ‘real Burgundy’, something we don’t get to say all that often any more.