This wine is made from the fruit grown on the original estate vineyard. It consists primarily of Pommard & Wädenswil clones on their own roots planted between 1988 and 1995. The vineyard is farmed organically; Beaux Frères do not irrigate, and are beginning to follow the path of Biodynamic farming. This wine as always is 100% from the original estate vineyard. It exhibits a medium plum/garnet colour. The aromas are earthy – with underbrush and herbs playing off the dark fruit. Medium to full bodied, highlighting this vintage’s hallmarks: low acidity and sweet tannin. It is silky and spicy with an earthiness comparable to a premier cru from the Nuits-St.-Georges. Normally these wines are Oregon versions of burgundies from the northern Côtes de Nuits, but this offering has a distinct earthiness that sets it apart from other wines.
With a delicate and open texture, this shows lanolin and rose petal undertones to the red berry flavors. Gains depth with each sip.—Non-blind Beaux Frères vertical (October 2015). Drink now through 2025. 2,167 cases made. (The Wine Spectator, 95 points)