"The 2015 Domaine des Billards is settling in nicely after a few months in bottle and is showing even better than it did the last time I tasted it. This is still a plenty ripe example of this beautiful bottling, lifting a hefty 14.5 percent alcohol, but the wine is really quite nicely balanced for this level of octane. The bouquet offers up a ripe and classy blend of black cherries, woodsmoke, dark soil tones, a bit of roasted pigeon, dark chocolate, and a gently floral topnote. On the palate the wine is full-bodied and quite plush on the attack, with a rock solid core, ripe, suave tannins, fine focus and grip and a long, still fairly primary finish. This could be really interesting with some extended bottle age. 2017-2040."
View From the Cellar
, Fall 2017