Cult Red Burgundy:
2002 Engel Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Brûlées

Posted by Ian McFadden

For me, Engel represents everything that's mysterious and beautiful in Burgundy.

They are some of the most heartfelt and individual wines in all of Burgundy. Sadly, Philippe Engel passed in 2005 and this ended a domaine that bottled their wines for three generations. Ever since, his wines have become cult rarities.

This is a very small parcel of 2002 Brûlées, but I'm still very excited to have landed it.

The easy comparisons are with names like Jacky Truchot, Gentaz-Dervieux and Verset. They all represent an old generation of winemakers who worked more on personal intuition than streamlined technical know-how. Today, their wines feel impossible to reproduce and are aggressively hunted down.

Engel's wines possess an edge, a characterful rusticity that never undermines the wines' breeding and mysterious depth. It's one of the qualities that really endears the wines to me. The wines thrive on a subtlety; they are quiet wines yet they deliver plenty of flavor intensity and complexity.

Les Brûlées is one of Vosne's top 1er Crus and one of Engel's best wines. The site consolidates the best traits of Vosne. It's lavish, finessed, with a deep spice inflected complexity, and rigorous age-worthy structure.

The 2002 vintage is considered one of the best Burgundy vintages in the past fifteen years. There's a magical combination of nimble finesse and flavor impact . It's a special vintage of clarity, depth and vibrant acidity.

I'll close by warning you that I expect this to sell out very quickly. Please give us your ideal order and we'll try our best.

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Ian McFadden

Director, Fine & Rare
Crush Wine & Spirits

2002 Engel Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Brûlées

Burghound: "Initially the nose displays some mild reduction that is replaced relatively quickly with ripe yet fresh and very spicy dark berry fruit and earth-suffused aromas. There is good energy and ample minerality to the medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a delicious if ever-so-slightly firm and tangy finish. While this could certainly be enjoyed now, to my taste this is not quite ready as it is definitely evolving more slowly than I originally envisioned when I first tasted it from cask."