89 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2011
Medium red. Initially unforthcoming aromas of menthol, clove oil and musky oak, with livelier raspberry and mint emerging with aeration. Nicely supple and plump in the middle, with good herbal lift to the red fruit and spice flavors. Shows more stuffing to support its acidity than the Mercurey bottlings from Faiveley. Finishes with a fine dusting of tannins.
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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