2005 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Beaux Monts"

SKU #1036049 94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 This is very closed on the nose, floral with touches of violets, maraschino cherry and beautifully integrated new oak. It is full-bodied on the palate; superb intensity and focus with fine but firm tannins – assertive and demanding attention. Still relatively unresolved but it has wonderful persistency on the finish that has great nervosite. This appears to be closing down but will surely come back to become an outstanding Beaumonts. Drink 2013-2020+ (NM)  (9/2008)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is gorgeously airy and fine with beautiful aromas of floral and spicy black fruit and subtle hints of soy, Asian spice and anise that can also be found on the rich, detailed and minerally middle weight flavors that possess excellent transparency and near perfect balance. This offers real drive and energy but note that it is very firmly if not aggressively structured and will require a decade plus to really be at its best. *Outstanding*  (1/2008)

92 points Wine Spectator

 Rich in fruit, texture and tannins, with smoke, mint and tar accents overlaying the black cherry flavor. The tannins dominate in the mix now, yet there's pure fruit underneath, with bright spice and pepper accents. This has fine length, but be patient for it to come together. Best from 2012 through 2030. (BS)  (11/2008)

91 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Bright, full red. Musky red fruits, minerals and licorice on the reticent but pure nose. At once cool and sweet, with terrific life to the flavors of red cherry, licorice and minerals. A wonderfully delicate and suave wine that appears to be in the process of shutting down in the bottle. Finishes with firm-edged tannins, excellent structure and superb persistence. This is built for extended aging, and will almost certainly merit a higher score a decade from now. (ST) 91+  (3/2008)

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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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