88-90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January 2012
(recently racked): Good deep red. Aromas of redcurrant, black cherry, licorice, minerals and bitter chocolate. Juicy and vibrant but a bit angular and tough owing to the recent racking and sulfiting. Very pure wine with a rather delicate structure. More saline and less fruity than the premier cru. The crop level here was just 22 hectoliters per hectare due to the very small grapes, said d'Angerville.
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...
Adored by critics, prized by collectors, Pinot Noir is one of most tantalizing yet temperamental varietals in the world. For many wine enthusiasts, this is part of the appeal of Pinot -- it doesn't reveal its charms easily. Pinot Noir's virtue also stems from the unique characteristics of the grape. The skins are especially delicate, which accounts for the lighter color and body of finished wine. But, despite the delicacy, the best wines have excellent backbone and... Read More »
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