2010 Serafin Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru "Les Millandes"

SKU #1119274 92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A brooding though ripe red berry fruit and wet stone suffused nose also displays plenty of earth influence. There is fine power and focus to the medium-bodied and, again, overtly muscular flavors that possess fully mature shaping tannins and excellent verve on the robust and very firmly structured finish that delivers impressive persistence along with a hint of rusticity. This large-scaled effort possesses an abundance of buffering extract and it should amply reward 15+ years of cellar time.  (1/2013)

92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright medium red. Complex soil-driven perfume of spicy red berries, flowers, minerals and earth. A broad, supple, slightly exotic fruit bomb in the mouth, with noteworthy intensity to its red cherry and raspberry flavors. This deceptively accessible wine finishes with a firm tannic spine. (ST)  (4/2013)

K&L Notes

Additional notes from Burghound: "I was quite honestly shocked when the normally laconic Christian Serafin, who I promise you is simply never given to hyperbole and has seen some 40+ vintages in his career, announced that 2010 'should be a great vintage. It has everything it needs to be superb. The crop was tiny, the phenolics very ripe, the acidities perfect and the skins were clean. The 2010s are powerful wines and are meant for long-term aging. I picked from the 25th of September to the 3rd of October and brought in perfectly clean fruit. In fact, the fruit was so clean that it reminded me of 2005 and 2009 where there was literally nothing to sort save perhaps for the odd leaf or bug...2010 is going to enormously please those who have the discipline to wait for the wines to mature.' I have never heard M. Serafin ever be so positive about a vintage before and this includes the 1999, 2005 and 2009 vintages." (1/2012)

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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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Burgundy

- 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.