88 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014
(bottled in March of 2013; the rest of the 2011 reds were bottled a month later): Good full, bright red. High-toned aromas of black cherry and licorice. Peppery red fruit flavors show saline and herbal notes and a lightly medicinal quality. A touch green but ultimately sweet on the back end, with fine-grained tannins. This fruit was completely destemmed.
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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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...
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