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Potel Burgundies - On Sale - 11/04/2010 - Red Burgundy

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2005 Nicolas Potel Morey St. Denis, Vieilles Vignes (Elsewhere $46) ($36.99)

88-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: " *Outstanding* A potent nose of reduction, spice and a hint of floral aromas leads to rich and nicely defined middle weight flavors that possess good vibrancy and despite the funk on the nose, there is real freshness to the punchy and persistent finish. I like the character and style as well as the overall quality standard here." (01/2007)

2007 Nicolas Potel Clos de la Roche Grand Cru (Elsewhere $145) ($109.99)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "This is ever so slightly riper and more complex with a somewhat broader nose of red, blue and violet aromas trimmed in noticeable if discreet oak that is also picked up by the fresh, suave, round and impressively powerful big-bodied flavors that are textured, detailed and exceptionally long. This appears to have first rate material and a lovely sense of energy and underlying harmony that should allow for 8 to 10 years of upside development." (01/2009)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Deep red. Captivating, high-pitched aromas of raspberry, cherry and spices. Intensely flavored and sweet, with strong acids framing and enlivening the sappy flavors of raspberry, flowers and crushed stone. Surpasses the Clos Saint-Denis in both lift and depth and finishes with more sweetness. Should be a lovely example of this grand cru. Potel notes that the pH here is 3.6, compared to 3.45 for cuvees like the Malconsorts and Gaudichots." (04/2009)

92 points Wine Spectator: "A chewy, concentrated version, boasting flavors of sweet cherry, berry and, most of all, mineral. Lean and taut, with a long finish of sweet fruit, spice and mineral. Give this some time. Best from 2014 through 2032. (Web-2010)"

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Having the same sources as the 2008, Maison Potels 2007 Clos de la Roche offers a combination of smoky pungency and rhubarb-like tartness found in some other wines of this collection but rare in the vintage as a whole. Dark cherry, burley tobacco, resinous notes from barrel, crushed stone, and brown spices contribute to a complex, sappily-concentrated but rather severely tannic palate impression, and this leads to a forceful and persistent though slightly grainy finish. This ought to be worth following for at least a dozen years. (DS)" (06/2010)

2006 Nicolas Potel Bonnes Mares Grand Cru (Elsewhere $225) ($159.95)

94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Potel 2006 Bonnes Mares is another case of truth in terroir, as it leads with a site-typical savagery of tart red fruits, pungent herbs, and smoked meats. Red currant, raspberry, sage, wormwood, sassafras, licorice, black tea, white pepper, and ham hock are all contributory to the rich, dense-packed, invigorating display, culminating in a finish that practically gangs up on your palate. This is not where to look for the gentle or subtle side of 2006 Burgundian Pinot, and it may never shed a certain rusticity of tannin. I would anticipate at least a dozen years of excitement from bottles. The wine was actually a bit reduced and needed time to gather its formidable forces before it really landed the first punch. (DS)" (12/2009)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "A marginally riper nose of spicy red and blue berry fruit that is notably spicy and pure and actually quite elegant as are the sleekly muscled, rich, full, sweet and somewhat surprisingly, rather forward flavors that possess excellent length but not quite the same depth. To be sure, this is really a lovely wine, just not a truly profound one. Drink: 2014+" (01/2008)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Medium red. Pungent minerality, brown spices, smoked meat, bacon rind, pepper and musky underbrush on the nose. Then quite tight and backward in the mouth, with youthfully imploded menthol, spice and pepper flavors currently dominating the wine's underlying fruit. Finishes dry and quite tannic, with a whiff of white pepper. This serious, uncompromising wine is going to need a good decade of patience. 92(+?) points" (04/2009)

Jancis Robinson: "Rather shy a first but with an underlying fruit purity on the edge of its seat that bursts onto the palate with fresh intensity and a long spicy finish. 18.5/20 points. (JH)" (06/2008)

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2006 Maison Nicolas Potel Grands Echezeaux Grand Cru (Previously $256) ($169.95)

92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound: "*Don't Miss!* Moderate oak influence combines with brooding but more elegant and refined as well as exceptionally pretty and very spicy dark berry and plum aromas that dissolve into the rich, sweet and sappy flavors that , like the Echézeaux, possess ample amounts of extract that the muscled and focused, intense and linear finish seems less structured than it is in reality. This is an explosive wine that should reward up to a decade of cellar time." (01/2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "The Potel 2006 Grands-Echezeahtly-cooked strawberry, rhubarb, and red currant; grilled meats; and wood smoke. It displays a fat and textural richness that compliment its full, expansive palate. Pungently resinous and bitter fruit pit notes add complexity to the finish. There is a certain rusticity of tannin here, but to some extent that comes with much of the Clos Vougeot terroir. I suspect this will be worth following for 6-8 years. The Potel 2006 Grands-Echezeaux represents just two barrels (from different sources). Pungently ginger- and cinnamon-tinged cherry and red raspberry in the nose reach liqueur-like richness and intensity on the palate. Hints of smoky black tea and faded flowers add aromatic and inner-mouth intrigue, and a low-toned sense of char and crushed stone adds depth. This boasts very fine-grained tannins and a lingering, multi-registered finish. It should be worth following for at least a decade. (DS)" (12/2009)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar: "Good deep red. Reticent nose hints at chocolate mint. Then lush and ripe but unevolved in the mouth, showing less obvious volume than the Echezeaux. But this is sweeter and more exotic and finishes with more class." (03/2008)

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2006 Nicolas Potel Montrachet Grand Cru (Previously $649) - 5 available ($399.95)

Rich and chewy, with a deft note of oak, and lots of power. One taste, and you see why Montrachet really is the ne plus ultra of white wines. This was done in a Damy barrel, and is big, focused and very rich in character, with lots of weight and a truly impressive structure. (Keith Wollenberg, K&L Burgundy Buyer, 03/08)