2014 Grand Cru and 1er Cru Red Burgundies from Domaine Richard Maniere: A red Burgundy lover’s dream!
Richard Maniere makes Burgundy that captures the best of what Burgundy can be. His wines are big, substantial and full. But they’re not about being big—they’re about elegance, precision, purity and a unique expression of a unique vineyard. They are terroir-driven wines that never feel heavy or “worked”. They are pure, seamless expressions of the soul of pinot noir. The style has been compared to now-retired Burgundy icon Jacky Truchot, but it is really entirely his own style. His boutique winery is located in the revered village of Vosne-Romanée.
But Maniere isn’t “just” a brilliant grower and winemaker with a unique and compelling style. He gets to work with fruit from his plots in some of the planet’s most sought-after vineyards! Today, you can order his red Burgundy wines from the world-famous vineyards of Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Damodes”, Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Les Suchots”, and Echezeaux Grand Cru. Talk about an “A” list of vineyards!
There’s one final reason that Maniere’s compelling red Burgundies are such a dream for Burgundy lovers: pricing. These aren’t inexpensive wines; but compared to many other producers working with these celebrated benchmark vineyards, Domaine Maniere’s prices are fantastic. Many top producers are now commanding several hundred dollars per bottle for their wines from these unique and special spots. Maniere missed the memo that said he needed to ratchet up his prices every year because they’re sought-after and beloved around the world. Order soon, though. As you’d expect with a vigneron like Richard Maniere, supplies of his wine are tight and strictly limited.
Today we are offering three exciting red Burgundies from Domaine Richard Maniere. They’re all from the excellent 2014 vintage (more on the vintage below). Here are the wines:
Wine #1: 2014 Domaine Richard Maniere Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Damodes” (Burgundy, France)
Reg. $89.99 per bottle
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles (Mix or match): $77.99 per bottle (save 13%)
6-11 bottles: $73.99 per bottle (save 18%)
12+ bottles (Case): $69.99 per bottle (save 22%)
Wine #2: 2014 Domaine Richard Maniere Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru “Les Suchots” (Burgundy, France)
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles (Mix or match): $97.99 per bottle (save 15%)
6-11 bottles: $93.99 per bottle (save 18%)
12+ bottles (Case): $89.99 per bottle (save 22%)
Wine #3: 2014 Domaine Richard Maniere Echezeaux Grand Cru (Burgundy, France)
E-mail Sale! 1-5 bottles (Mix or match): $129.99 per bottle (save 19%)
6-11 bottles: $126.99 per bottle (save 21%)
12+ bottles (Case): $124.99 per bottle (save 22%)
- To order please call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC).
- Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order.
- You can mix or match the three wines for best pricing (for example an order of four bottles of each wine would mean you’d get the best (case) price for each wine).
- These star Burgundy reds arrive tomorrow, Wednesday, May 31st, 2017.
- Quantities are limited and a sell out is likely. Sale prices are good for one week.
This is your opportunity to purchase wines from some of the world’s most famous Burgundy vineyards, from a brilliant grower and winemaker. The prices are substantially less than his neighbors in these world-famous vineyards charge. I urge you to add them to your cellar; I’ve added them to mine! (We expect these wines to sell out. If you are interested, please call now.)
Here’s more about the 2014 vintage in Burgundy’s renowned Cotes de Nuits:
The 2014 vintage in Burgundy was excellent; that’s as long as you’re talking about quality and not quantity. The year had a great start. Then difficult weather struck in July (including hail). The tough mid-summer weather made 2014 the third straight vintage in Burgundy with tiny yields. In some areas, production was half (or less) of what’s considered “normal”. Good conditions returned late in the growing season and allowed great quality potential throughout Burgundy.
For red Burgundy from the Cotes de Nuits (the area that is home to Burgundy’s most celebrated vineyards, including all of Maniere’s vineyards) the Wine Spectator assigned a vintage rating of 95 points (“classic”). Only three vintages for the region have ever been rated higher (2005, 2002 and 1996 ). Yes, the 95 point rating fro the 2014 vintage in the Cotes de Nuits is actually one point higher than the rating for the stellar 2010 vintage.
Other critics have 2010 ahead, but it’s clear that 2014 was the best vintage at least since 2010. Allen Meadows of Burghound.com wrote at length about the 2014 vintage (though he has not reviewed these Maniere wines). Among many things he wrote about the vintage, he said this about the vintage in the Côte de Nuits:
“While it is true that the 2014 vintage is user-friendly in that in many cases the wines will be accessible young, I believe that it is also true that they are going to age extremely well. There is a beguiling freshness coupled with first-rate drinkability that makes the 2014s extremely pleasurable. Often vintages that are approachable young are that way because they have lowish acidities, below average concentration or very high levels of ripeness, yet 2014 is none of those things. As if these positive features weren’t enough, consider that 2014 is extremely consistent not only in terms of where very good to excellent wines were produced in the Côte de Nuits but also up and down the appellation hierarchy.”
Here’s more on Domaine Richard Maniere:
The boutique family estate of Domaine Richard Maniere not only possesses unbelievably great vineyard holdings, but they are also small enough that they fly under the radar of the wine press (no recent vintage of any of these wines has appeared in Allen Meadows’ Burghound.com, Wine Spectator, Wine Advocate, Wine Enthusiast, or Vinous). His tiny quantities sell out every year, so he doesn’t feel the need to submit his wines for review. They estate’s wines are therefore relatively unknown to many collectors and they offer tremendous value.
About a decade ago, the Grand Dame of Burgundy wine agents, Jeanne-Marie Deschamps, invited Arrowine’s Doug Rosen to meet Richard Maniere and taste his wines. Jeanne-Marie warned him ahead of time that the Domaine is tiny and only exports to one client on the West Coast. Couple that with a devoted following in France, and he had almost no wine to sell. They visited anyway.
After a very short time, it was clear to Doug that he was on to something truly special. He also knew that he wasn’t leaving the cellar without buying some wine! After two hours of cajoling, he managed to get Richard to agree to sell Arrowine a small amount of wine for our clients. They were tremendous wines (they’re still drinking wonderfully!) and simply some of the best values anywhere for wines from some of Burgundy’s top vineyards. Now we have the stunning 2014s and they’re still top wines and top values, only more so.
Here’s why these wines are so special:
- Richard is an old school winemaker, who eschews manipulating the wine (no extended cold maceration, no bleeding off of juice to hyper concentrate)
- Each vintage is allowed to show its character and balance naturally.
- Richard’s wines are created in the vineyard. He prunes the vines later than his neighbors so winter’s cold can sanitize the vine.
- He prunes very short and debuds to control vigor. Balance is achieved in the vineyard from the very beginning.
- He is always one of the last to harvest. He harvests later to ensure his fruit has optimal phenolic ripeness and there are no harsh or green flavors from under-developed skin or stems.
- His cellar treatment is classically Burgundian as he learned from his father. 80% of the wines are de-stemmed, with only a short pre-fermentation maceration.
- No enzymes are added to aid extraction (so his wines can be both paler in color and naturally more concentrated in pure flavor than others).
- Only 25% to 30% of the barrels are new, the rest are more neutral so the wines never taste heavy or over-oaked.
- Malo-lactic fermentation is done naturally in barrel in the coldest part of the cellar ensuring that it proceeds very slowly preserving freshness and aromatics.
- The elevage or aging takes place on the lees to ensure freshness so he can use the minimum amount of sulfur.
- The wines are bottled unfiltered to preserve flavor. This is something that less careful growers and winemakers cannot do.
The wines are honest, well made, and serious. Because Richard eschews extraction “tricks” they are a little lighter in color than wines from some other producers (I believe this is the reason for the comparisons I’ve heard to Jacky Truchot). They are light in color, but they are not lighter in flavor; they have remarkable concentration, depth, and purity due to great vineyards and low yields.
Richard’s wines reward patience. They are not intended for near term consumption. They are at their best 7 to 12 years (or longer) after the vintage at the 1er Cru level. The Echezeaux wants 10 to 20 years. Richard’s wines are remarkably pure and very concentrated from the low yields. In short, they are classic red Burgundies.
Here’s more on the individual wines:
2014 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru “Les Damodes”
In the Cotes de Nuits, where location is everything, this is a spectacularly located Premiere Cru vineyard. It is at the northern border of Nuits-Saint-George bordering Vosne-Romanee. It is high on the hillside immediately above Nuits-Saint-Georges “Aux Boudots 1er Cru”. The vineyard just to the north is Vosne-Romanée “Aux Malconsorts 1er”. And the next vineyard to the north (less than 400 meters from “Les Damodes” and in the middle of the same famed slope) is the “La Tache Grand Cru” vineyard of DRC fame. The soil is limestone rich and especially rocky; in fact the vineyard is believed to have gotten its name from “les Dames Hautes” (“the tall ladies”) which are large rock forms in part of the vineyard that vaguely resemble tall ladies in dresses.
Tasting Note: This wine is all elegance and finesse. The nose is expressive, showing both red and black fruit with mineral and spice notes. The palate shows excellent depth and concentration, with fruits ranging from wild strawberries, to boysenberries and blackcurrants. There are also notes of subtle licorice and a touch of earthy mineral. This is big, remarkably pure, intense and one of the most elegant expressions of Nuits Saints-Georges around. Very pretty.
2014 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru “Les Suchots”
This comes from Suchots, the Premier Cru vineyard that should be Grand Cru! It’s surrounded by Grands Crus (Echezeaux Grand Cru and Clos Saint Denis are just to the north, Romanée-St.-Vivant and Richebourg just to the south) and belongs in their company. This bottling comes from Maniere’s holding in a tiny piece of the vineyard that borders the Grand Cru “Echezeaux”.
Tasting Note: This is a deep, pure, gorgeous red-fruited beauty. The inviting perfume is classic Vosne-Romanee red fruit with notes of liquored raspberries, red licorice, cocoa powder and top soil. The palate is supple and broad with sappy texture. It is bursting with strawberry, black cherry, red licorice, Asian spice and stone dust with a subtle herbal nuance and wonderful precision. This is a classic “Les Suchots” with layers of complexity and great texture that is sappy now and will turn to pure silk as the wine ages. This has great length and energy; it comes across as dense and concentrated without being heavy or bulky.
2014 Echezeaux Grand Cru
This vineyard needs no introduction; it is among the most famous red wine vineyards on earth and the wines from here are among the most expensive. Most “Echezeaux Grand Cru” wines are now $200+. DRC’s is over $700. This is an excellent expression of Echezeaux Grand Cru that would more than hold its own against the more expensive wines from other producers.
Tasting Note: As good as Maniere’s Premier Crus are, this is a noticeable step up. The nose is powerful, almost overwhelming. The aromas of macerated ripe red strawberries, raspberries, redcurrants, wild roses and graphite fill the air around the glass. On the palate the flavors are dense, bold, and mouth-filling yet elegant. Flavors of fresh strawberry preserves and raspberries are tightly wrapped in minerals and coat the palate. The red fruit and mineral flavors just keep on building, going on and on with a subtle floral character. Very compact and dense, it continues to unfold layer after layer as it airs. This is exquisite—give it until it is 10 years old, then enjoy it over the next dozen years.
Again, to order, please call Arrowine. We’re at 703-525-0990 (Arlington, VA) or 202-785-0785 (Washington, DC). Please call the location where you would like to pick up your order. You can mix or match the three wines for best pricing (for example an order of four bottles of each wine would mean you’d get the best (case) price for each wine). These star Burgundy reds arrive tomorrow, Wednesday, May 31st, 2017. Quantities are limited and a sell out is likely. Sale prices are good for one week.
Thank you for taking the time to read about Domaine Richard Maniere and his 2014 red Burgundy wines from top vineyards.