88-90 Points | International Wine Cellar , January/February 2013
(entirely destemmed due to some mildew here; 20% new oak): Good medium red. Sappy but discreet nose offers cherry, iron, licorice and menthol; this smells structured. Fleshier than the Sizies, with a saline savory quality to its black cherry fruit. Bright acidity gives life to the middle palate. Finishes with slightly dusty tannins, a note of vanilla and good length and grip.
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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