1996 Domaine Jean Grivot Vosne Romanee 1er Cru " Les Beaux Monts"
Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
Exhibiting a medium-to-dark ruby color and fabulous aromas of black cherries, flowers, Asian spices, and toasty oak, this wine has extraordinary richness, depth, and refinement. This medium-to-full-bodied, silky, complex, focused, and fat wine is filled with tangy red currants, cherries, candied orange peels, and a firm structure. (PR)
Allen Meadows - Burghound
Subtle yet very spicy black Vosne fruit with sappy, pure, still tight flavors that display brilliant balance and impressive intensity on the long, very persistent and punchy finish. This is very impressive and the perfectly integrated acidity will permit this to live for years.
Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Dark red-ruby color. Flamboyant, pure aromas of cassis, blackberry, licorice, spice, coffee and minerals. Large scaled but suave, silky and subtle. Has the juicy vibrancy and terrific cut of the vintage. The firm, convincing finish builds slowly and lingers. "There was no heat to kill the aromas in '96," notes Grivot. (ST)
The toasty, spicy oak complements the ripe plum and cassis in this flamboyant Vosne. It's lively, rich and concentrated, with plenty of stiff tannins that dominate in the end.