2012 Domaine Dujac Clos-St-Denis Grand Cru

SKU #1178211 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2012 Clos Saint Denis Grand Cru has an intense, broody bouquet with dark plum, blackcurrant, undergrowth and mushroom scents that unfold in the glass. The palate is very well balanced, the tannins a little chalkier than the Echezeaux with great tension on the spicy finish. Superb persistency here with a lovely savory, cured meat note emerging with aeration. This grand cru performed so well in 2012 due to wines such as this. (NM)  (12/2013)

97 points Vinous

 The 2012 Clos St. Denis has turned out beautifully. Once of the more immediate and supple of the Grand Crus, the 2012 is built on a core of super-expressive, resonant fruit. There is plenty of depth, especially on the substantial finish, but the overall impression is of silkiness and softness, in relative terms, of course. Sweet red cherry, plum, mint and orange peel add the final layers of nuance. (AG)  (4/2015)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 An intensely floral nose features notes of assorted red berries, earth, spice and soft wood nuances. This possesses a beguiling mouth feel with its super fine-grained tannins and wonderful purity of expression exhibited by the palate coating medium weight flavors that offer a spicy inner mouth perfume, all wrapped in a harmonious, balanced and persistent if very backward and moderately austere finish. This is textbook Clos St. Denis.  (1/2015)

92-94 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Deep red. Musky raspberry, complex soil tones and a high note of citrus zest on the fascinating nose. Dense, sappy and intense, but with an essentially silky texture to its flavors of raspberry, redcurrant, pepper and spices. Youthfully unforthcoming today but already wonderfully suave. Finishes with smooth tannins, terrific subtle persistence and a late hint of licorice  (1/2014)

Jancis Robinson

 Vibrant and very lively. Lots of sap and vigour. A tad reduced but lots of stuffing there. 18/20 points (JR)  (12/2013)

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