2014 Denis Mortet Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1242331 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Like the 5 Terroirs, the subtly oaked nose is brooding if highly complex with its range of red Pinot, dark berries, forest floor and tea-like nuances. There is excellent richness and mid-palate concentration to the powerful and mouth coating big-bodied flavors that deliver fine length on the balanced finish that is less austere than usual.  (1/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is matured in 80% new oak. It has a crisp, stony, introverted bouquet despite rigorous coaxing. The palate is broody at first but there is commendable concentration here. The tannin feel a little thicker than other crus in 2014, quite dense in the mouth, although I would have liked a little more delineation right on the finish. Let's see how it performs once in bottle. (NM)  (12/2015)

90-92 points Vinous

 (80% new oak; Mortet always picks this fruit early owing to its typical combination of millerandé and large grapes): Healthy deep red-ruby color. Oaky, very ripe aromas of redcurrant, smoke and spices lifted by a touch of violet. Sweet, ripe and fine-grained; a distinctly elegant style of Clos-Vougeot without any hardness. Still, with its strong component of spicy oak, I doubt I could identify the terroir. Finishes with firm, dusty tannins. (ST)  (1/2016)

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