90 Points | International Wine Cellar , March/April 2014
(one-third destemmed): Good full medium red. Slightly medicinal aromas of red berries, cherry and mocha. Thicker and sweeter than the Perrieres but with a light touch for its density. Savory and nicely done, finishing with suave tannins and very good length. Incidentally, Etienne de Montille describes his 2011 reds as "vibrantly fruity, crisp and transparent--like 2007 but with more mid-palate, a higher-toned acidity and better-quality 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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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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