2014 Domaine Arlaud Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru "Aux Cheseaux" (Previously $70)

SKU #1290009 90-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A notably sauvage nose displays an abundance of earth and underbrush on the cool, ripe and admirably pure black cherry and cassis aromas. This is also firm, intense and serious with robust medium weight flavors that terminate in a moderately rustic and austere finale that delivers excellent depth and length. This is terrific but note well that unlike the Blanchards it's going to require plenty of cellar time.  (1/2016)

93 points Decanter

 Intense summer pudding and wild herbs on nose and palate with a very polished texture and a savoury finish.  (2/2016)

92 points Vinous

 Healthy dark red. Lower-pitched on the nose than the Blanchards owing to an element of musky reduction. Smooth and rich but much less forthcoming than the Blanchards despite possessing a thicker texture. This wine will rely more on its sizable tannic structure than on its acidity for longevity. This parcel, located in a cold terroir close to Mazoyères, was picked six days later than the Blanchards and Millandes. Just a touch dry on the back end in the early going. (ST)  (2/2016)

92 points Wine Spectator

 This red has flesh and concentration, with assertive tannins framing wild berry, earth and stony flavors. Finishes on the austere side, presenting a long aftertaste of fruit and black pepper. Best from 2019 through 2035. 60 cases imported. (BS)  (12/2016)

91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Morey St Denis 1er Cru Aux Chezeaux has a crisp bouquet: fresh strawberry and Morello, a touch of oyster shell in the background, though very tight and backward despite aeration. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin. There is good depth here, gentle grip in the mouth with sappy black fruit on the grainy, slightly firm finish. (NM)  (12/2015)

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