Domaine Dujac Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru 2015
With the exceptional 2015 vintage, this Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru from Domaine Dujac is a true gem. A rich bouquet of ripe red and black fruits is enhanced by floral and earthy undertones, with a touch of spice. The wine's full-bodied palate exhibits great depth, with concentrated flavors and velvety tannins that lead to a long, luxurious finish. This wine can be savored now, but will continue to evolve beautifully in the cellar.
Vineyard notes - The Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru lies between the village of Morey-Saint-Denis to the south and Gevrey-Chambertin to the north, where the slope is very steep (13%). The plot varies in altitude from 284 to 309 meters. The lieu-dit faces east-southeast. The soil changes from east to west. The reddish-brown soil in the eastern part is 40 to 50 cm thick, with some angular-to-rounded limestone fragments. Upslope, in the western part of this Grand Cru plot, the soil is richer in fine angular limestone gravel. Two different substrata underlie the Clos Saint-Denis. To the east, the substratum is a fine light-colored limestone, occasionally containing flint-like chert nodules (chailles). This Premeaux limestone, crops out in beds tens of centimeters thick. To the west, where the slope is steeper, a thin layer of Comblanchien limestone scree in the form of fine angular gravel partly covers the slope.
The 2015 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru was a bit more aromatically reserved, opening in the glass with notes of strawberry, briary berries, rose petal and subtle forest floor. On the palate, the wine is beautifully complete, with superb depth and dimension, lovely purity of fruit, satiny tannins that caress the mouth and a long, precise finish. It's hard to choose between this and the stunning Clos de la Roche, but while my bias is for the Clos Saint-Denis, my marginal preference in 2015 is for the former.