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2006 Nicolas Potel Grands Echézeaux Grand Cru

SKU #1040928 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Don't Miss!* Moderate oak influence combines with brooding but more elegant and refined as well as exceptionally pretty and very spicy dark berry and plum aromas that dissolve into the rich, sweet and sappy flavors that , like the Echézeaux, possess ample amounts of extract that the muscled and focused, intense and linear finish seems less structured than it is in reality. This is an explosive wine that should reward up to a decade of cellar time.  (1/2008)

93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The Potel 2006 Grands-Echezeahtly-cooked strawberry, rhubarb, and red currant; grilled meats; and wood smoke. It displays a fat and textural richness that compliment its full, expansive palate. Pungently resinous and bitter fruit pit notes add complexity to the finish. There is a certain rusticity of tannin here, but to some extent that comes with much of the Clos Vougeot terroir. I suspect this will be worth following for 6-8 years. The Potel 2006 Grands-Echezeaux represents just two barrels (from different sources). Pungently ginger- and cinnamon-tinged cherry and red raspberry in the nose reach liqueur-like richness and intensity on the palate. Hints of smoky black tea and faded flowers add aromatic and inner-mouth intrigue, and a low-toned sense of char and crushed stone adds depth. This boasts very fine-grained tannins and a lingering, multi-registered finish. It should be worth following for at least a decade. (DS)  (12/2009)

91-93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good deep red. Reticent nose hints at chocolate mint. Then lush and ripe but unevolved in the mouth, showing less obvious volume than the Echezeaux. But this is sweeter and more exotic and finishes with more class.  (3/2008)

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- 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.
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