2013 Domaine Louis Jadot Le Musigny Grand Cru (Previously $570)

SKU #1231964 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Musigny Grand Cru has a glorious, complex bouquet with intense black cherries, wild strawberry, cold wet stone and orange blossom scents that really sprint out of the blocks. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and supremely well-judged acidity. This is knitted together beautifully, and there is clearly more substance than the Amoureuses. With immense persistence in the mouth, this is a really top-notch Musigny. (NM)  (12/2014)

93-96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the nose is even more complex if not necessarily any more elegant than that of the Amoureuses with its cool menthol, spice, plum, exotic tea, violet and once again sandalwood scents. As is virtually always the case this is bigger, richer and more powerful with outstanding intensity and muscle to the very firmly structured flavors that exude a subtle minerality onto the explosive and hugely long finale. This is very backward and primary at present and I wouldn't even think of opening one of these beauties before at least 10 years of age and 17 to 20 will probably be more like it.  (4/2015)

94-96 points Vinous

 Full deep red. Terrific spicy lift to the tight aromas of raspberry, orange peel and minerals. Combines great sweetness and precision on the palate, showing a round, silky texture that's extraordinary for such a sappy wine. Most noteworthy today for its total mouth coverage and captivating combination of salty minerality and brilliantly fresh berry fruit, not to mention its noble tannins and captivating lingering perfume. (ST)  (1/2015)

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Varietal:

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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them. Click for a list of bestselling items from all of France.
Sub-Region:

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.
Specific Appellation:

Chambolle Musigny

- A charming village in the Côte de Nuits, north of Clos Vougeot. Mostly red (and very little white) wine from limestone-dominated soil makes the communes' wine silky, with finesse rather than density. The wines are known for their aromatic purity and elegance. The Grands Crus are Musigny and Bonnes Mares.