Allen Meadows 2017
"As the scores and the review confirm, the Domaine outperformed in 2017" RED WINES
Red Wines

Beaune 1er cru Les Teurons: Moderate wood influence is present on the fresh aromas of various red berries, plum and whiffs of violet. There is both good richness and energy to the nicely detailed medium-bodied flavors that conclude in a refined and transparent finish that is refreshing and inviting. This is built on its fruit and should drink well young. 89 pts.

Beaune 1er cru Champs Pimont : Relatively prominent wood toast fights a bit with the more deeply pitched and notably ripe aromas of plum liqueur, cassis and discreet floral nuances. There is better mid-palate density to the seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that deliver fine depth and persistence on the mildly toasty finale. This velvety effort will need a few years to more completely integrate its oak. 91 pts.

Volnay 1er cru En Carelle :Slightly more unobtrusive wood influence is present on the more elegant and spicier mix of both red and blue pinot fruit. The finer though not denser middle weight flavors that possess a sleek mouth feel where an underlying minerality helps to add lift on the bitter cherry-inflected finale where the oak reemerges. 90 pts.

Volnay 1er cru Clos de la Chapelle monopole : Here the wood treatment is no longer subtle as the toast and menthol characters stop just short of dominating the otherwise fresh and pretty rose petal and lavender-suffused aromas of red cherry and raspberry. The lilting and ultra-refined flavors possess a lovely sense of underlying tension before concluding in a lacy, balanced and sneaky long finish where the tannins are firm but beautifully well-integrated. Note that my rating assumes that the wood will eventually integrate as it's not a background element at present. 92 pts.

Volnay 1er cru Taillepieds :Relatively deeply colored. There is plenty of wood influence to the aromas of menthol, spice, orange peel and tea scents. The slightly bigger and more powerful medium weight flavors exhibit even more minerality on the tautly muscular and beautifully persistent finish that reflects the typical youthful austerity of a classic Taillepieds. Excellent. 93 pts.

Pommard 1er cru Les Chanlins vieilles vignes :Abundant oak frames the ripe and fresh aromas of red currant, rose petal and plum that are abundantly infused with spice and floral whiffs. I very much like the mouth feel of the velvet-textured medium weight flavors that exhibit fine length on the robust, powerful and impeccably well-balanced finale. This is quite serious and firmly structured so patience advised. 91 pts.

Pommard 1er cru Grands Epenots: Here the wood influence is discreet though it must be said that it's far from a background element on the red and blue pinot fruit-scented nose that is trimmed in copious earth and spice characters. The delicious, supple and caressing yet powerful medium-bodied plus flavors coat the palate with good amounts of dry extract on the moderately austere and built-to-age finish. This offers excellent aging potential and is a wine that will need extended patience. 93 pts.

Corton Bressandes Grand Cru :A very toasty and menthol-suffused nose stops short, if only just, of masking the pretty essence of various red berries, spice, floral and earth scents. The broad-shouldered flavors are impressively rich while possessing excellent size, weight and volume along with fine power and driven on the highly persistent and very firm finish. I would add that despite being quite firmly structured, this will probably be approachable after only 5 to 7 years if you don't have the patience to cellar it for the longer-term. 93 pts.

White Wines

2017 Beaune 1er cru Les Reversées :(to my knowledge the domaine is the only producer of Reversées blanc). Relatively generous wood influence that includes hints of toast and vanilla frame the moderately exotic-suffused aromas. There is excellent cut and energy to the attractively textured medium weight flavors that exude a subtle bead of minerality that carries over to the markedly dry, clean and focused finale. This isn't especially complex but it may well add some additional depth with a few years of bottle age. 89 pts.

2017 Pernand-Vergelesses 1er cru Sous Frétille : This too is generously oaked though the fruit profile is both cooler and airier with its green apple, citrus and discreet floral wisps. The racy and notably intense middle weight flavors possess impressive delineation and more evident minerality along the excellent cut on the chiseled, dry and bitter lemon-inflected finish. This is a bit woody for my taste but it offers fine quality nonetheless. 91 pts.

2017 Corton-Charlemagne :(from En Charlemagne in Pernand). Here the wood treatment is more subtle if by no means invisible as it frames the petrol, citrus, green apple and soft spice nuances. There is markedly more size, weight and mid-palate density to the succulent but powerful flavors that culminate in a tightly wound finish. Unlike the prior two wines that could reasonably be approached in their youth, this is clearly going to require at least a few years of patience. 93 pts.