Reviews & Scores
The 2018 Vosne-Romanée Aux Malconsorts 1er Cru has an extravagant bouquet with brambly red fruit laced with shucked oyster shell and a touch of seaweed. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grain tannins, lightly spiced with a subtle ash-like note towards the composed finish. This has great backbone that should guarantee its longevity. A quintessential Dujac/Malconsorts.
This is even spicier with its mélange of subdued but elegant and pure aromas that speaks of red and dark currant, violet, rose petal and exotic spice nuances, all of which is trimmed in subtle wood. There is first-rate intensity to the muscular full-bodied flavors that coat the palate with dry extract that also partially buffers the very firm, serious and austere finish that is shaped by raspy but not drying tannins. This will likely never be an elegant wine but it does seem quite promising if you're prepared to be patient. *Outstanding*
The fireworks begin in earnest with the 2018 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Malconsorts, a brilliant young wine that bursts from the glass with aromas of cherries, red berries and exotic spices, complemented by delicate top notes of blood orange and peonies and framed by a deft touch of creamy new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, supple and enveloping, with a deep and multidimensional core, lively acids and a long, resonant finish.
The 2018 Malconsorts chez Seysses is more exotic and musky in personality than the Beaumonts this year, but at least based on the showing at the time of my visit, there is not quite the customary distance between the two wines. The bouquet is very flashy out of the blocks, offering up scents of sappy black raspberries, sweet blackberries, raw cocoa, plenty of musky floral tones, new oak and a smoky topnote. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and more reserved in personality than the flamboyant nose suggests, with a sappy core of black fruit, ripe, well-integrated tannins and a long, tangy and focused finish.
Perfumed, refined and showing none of the firmness that Aux Malconsorts can exhibit in its youth, this is balanced, nuanced and spicy, with 75% whole bunches adding some freshness and texture, all framed by 70% new wood. Not a blockbuster wine by any means, but this has considerable class, poise and palate length with succulent red berry fruit to the fore.