93(+?) Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2008
($195) Good deep red. Musky raspberry, brown spices, game and smoke on the highly nuanced nose. Suave, dense and deep if a bit youthfully musclebound today; conveys a powerful impression of energy and mounts impressively with air. Finishes quite tight, even a bit youthfully dry-edged, with pepper and herbal notes. I suspect that this very dense young grand cru will need at least a decade in the cellar before its tough tannic spine begins to loosen up.
94 Points | Wine Spectator
About the Cote de Beaune
The Cote de Beaune, which comprises the southern half of the Cote d'Or-- the limestone escarpment from which Burgundy's finest wines originate-- is the source of the most famous names in white Burgundy. It also produces outstanding red Burgundies (such as in Santenay and Volnay), even if Pinot Noir here rarely possess quite the stuffing, complexity, and longevity of...
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