2004 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Beaux Monts"

SKU #1027461 91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good medium red. Aromas of black plum and violet lifted by spices. Rich and seamless, with good lift and definition to the plum and floral flavors. Finishes with broad, palate-dusting tannins and lovely aromatic persistence. Very sexy already. I asked Grivot why he uses a good 20% more new oak than he did ten years ago. "Seduction," he responded succinctly, adding that he does not use "powerful" oak. (ST)  (3/2007)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* Here there is a lovely sleekness and grace accentuated by the evident minerality and a cooler, almost reserved character. In particular, the elegance and superb purity of the nose with its spicy and layered black fruit aromas merge seamlessly into supple, silky and precise flavors that possess outstanding finishing intensity though the finish is youthfully austere rather than generous and friendly. I find the Beaux-Monts to be better balanced and it should age well but be accessible young. Classy juice.  (1/2007)

90 points Wine Enthusiast

 Very fragrant, with aromas of sandalwood, vanilla and flowers giving way to cherry and strawberry flavors. The firm tannins will need a year or so to soften. (RV)  (3/2007)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Very fragrant, with aromas of sandalwood, vanilla and flowers giving way to cherry and strawberry flavors. The firm tannins will need a year or so to soften. (BS)  (5/2007)

Jancis Robinson

 Dark crimson with evolution at the rim. Scent and lift – almost pungent! Round fruit, lots of very fine tannins. Definitely less savage than when tasted en primeur. Settling down… These Grivot wines really do demand patience. But they are strictly for purists and the fully initiated.  (8/2007)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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Vosne Romanee

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