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2012 Pierre Gelin Fixin 1er Cru "Clos Napoléon"

SKU #1203603 90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A more deeply pitched and slightly riper nose reflects intensely earthy and sauvage aromas of underbrush and dark currant. There is good richness to the round yet attractively detailed medium weight flavors that possess plenty of minerality that adds a touch of lift to the more powerful and ever-so-mildly rustic finale. This well-balanced effort should also drink well young if desired.  (1/2015)

Wine Spectator

 Graphite, sandalwood, strawberry and spice flavors highlight this delicate red. Harmonious, featuring a combination of fragrance and intensity, with a lingering finish. (Web Only—2015)

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Staff Image By: Ryan Woodhouse | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/23/2015 | Send Email
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Sharing a similar purity and vibrancy with Gelin's delicious Fixin village wine, the Clos Napoleon is more structured with fine chalky tannins and has more tension to the tart acidity and crunchy red fruits. Hard ground spices and bay leaf add complexity. Great intensity while remaining light footed. The is a minerality here that is quite profound. I can see why this site has been long admired in Burgundy. Gelin's current vines are 50 yrs of age and really convey a powerful sense of place.
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Staff Image By: Gary Westby | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/22/2015 | Send Email
This site was considered one of the top flight premier crus in Burgundy 150 years ago, and with Domaine Pierre Gelin's excellent work in the vineyard, it is rocketing back to prominence. While it might seem expensive for Fixin, it is a great deal for the wine inside. In another 5 years, we'll be talking about the good old days when the Napoleon was affordable--mark my words! This is broad shouldered, powerful, tannic Burgundy that is fit for an emperor, but best for the cellar. Although the 2012 vintage has given it the fat to make it approachable now with food and a long airing in the decanter, this fantastically long and complex 1er cru will be much better in a few years.

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