2009 Domaine Jean Grivot Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Roncières"

SKU #1089346 90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A ripe, spicy and earthy nose that possesses notes of dried herbs and floral hints gives way to intense, pure and beautifully detailed middle weight flavors that are given shape and support by very fine tannins and excellent length. This is not as powerful as the other Nuits 1ers in the range but it's easily the most refined and will almost certainly mature earlier as well.  (1/2011)

92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2009 Nuits St. Georges Roncieres bursts from the glass with a rush of explosive fruit. Intensely cool, mineral notes wrap around the fruit as this powerful wine shows off its considerable pedigree. Sweet floral and mineral notes appear over time, but it is pretty clear the Roncieres is beginning to close down in bottle. Readers will need to be patient, but there is so much stuffing here that it is only a matter of time before the Roncieres is ready to strut its stuff. This is a fabulous effort from Etienne and Marielle Grivot. Anticipated maturity: 2014-2029. Etienne Grivot’s 2009s were some of the most exciting wines I tasted on my most recent trip to Burgundy. (AG)  (4/2012)

90 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Sexy aromas of raspberry, mocha, flowers and underbrush. Suave and silky in the mouth, showing a restrained sweetness and enticing cherry perfume lifted by a faint mineral note. Young and structured wine with a firm, dry finish. (ST)  (4/2012)

90 points Wine Spectator

 Rich, silky and saturated with black cherry, blackberry, violet and mineral aromas and flavors, this red drips with personality and class. The compact tannins give a sense of place, as the aftertaste of cherry and spice leaves a mouthwatering impression. Best from 2014 through 2030. (BS)  (6/2012)

K&L Notes

93-95 points Neal Martin's Wine Journal: "Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. The Ronciers has an exquisite bouquet with pure red-berried fruit, a touch of limestone and crushed rose petals. Very feminine. The palate has a great deal of finesse, to such an extent that it is more like a Vosne-Romanee than a Nuits. Very delicate, but paradoxically powerful and persistent on the silky smooth finish. This is wonderful." (03/2011)

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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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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.
Alcohol Content (%): 13