2013 Domaine d'Eugénie Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Brûlées" (Previously $140)

SKU #1242441 90-93 points Vinous

 (60% new oak): Dark red-ruby color. Captivating, soil-inflected nose melds raspberry, violet, black tea and smoked meat. Silky on entry, then savory and classically dry in the middle, showing a slightly muscular rocky quality and excellent cut and lift. Not a fat or easy style but firmly built and primary, with good medicinal reserve and piquant salty minerality. (ST)  (1/2015)

92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a 1.16 ha parcel of 60+ year old vines; there are two sections, one upper and one lower and this cuvée now uses only the upper portion; vinified with 33% whole clusters) This is also exuberantly spicy with a relatively high-toned nose of various red berries, violet, lilac and Asian tea. There is good freshness and vibrancy to the concentrated, intense and voluminous flavors that display plenty of minerality on the palate coating and highly persistent finish. This is an elegant but muscular wine where the supporting tannins are clearly quite ripe. Worth checking out.  (1/2016)

90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2013 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brulées has a very mineral-driven bouquet -- reserved and distant perhaps, but very controlled and focused. It gains fruit intensity all the time, namely blackberry and a touch of cassis, but never usurping those stony, 'cool stream' aromas. The palate is sleek and smooth, very poised and very pure with ice-cold dark cherries and plum, fine slightly chalky tannins and a pointed finish. I would just like to see it develop a little more'charm' once in bottle. (NM)  (12/2014)

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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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Vosne Romanee

- This is the top of the Côte de Nuits. Home to the famous Grand Crus of Romanée, Romanée-Conti, Romanée St. Vivant, Richebourg, La Tâche, Echézeaux, Grands Echézeaux, and La Grand Rue, this village really makes you realize how much extraordinary wine can come from a tiny place. This is the home of quintessential Burgundy-deep, rich, refined and powerful.
Alcohol Content (%): 13