2015 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Romanée-St-Vivant Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1294332 96-98 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Romanée Saint-Vivant Grand Cru has a very fragrant bouquet with small red cherries, crushed strawberry, crushed stone and a touch of rose petal--pure and utterly refined. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, tensile and full of energy, a pleasant marine influence developing towards the finish and lending complexity and personality. Very long, very sensual, very Romanée-Saint-Vivant. This is a brilliant follow-up to the fabulous 2014. (NM)P  (12/2016)

95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a .48 ha parcel of vines). This is both more elegant but also more restrained with its mocha-infused red cherry, sandalwood and tea aromas on the floral scented nose. The lilting, silky and pure middle weight flavors possess a gorgeously refined mouthfeel as the supporting tannins are dense but notably fine-grained on the beautifully focused, balanced and lingering finish. This generously proportioned effort should be approachable young but age quite well too. 2032+  (1/2018)

95 points Vinous

 Full, bright red. Alluring aromas of black cherry, raspberry, cocoa powder, licorice and violet hint at the exotic side of the vintage. Wonderfully silky-sweet on the palate, but with its plush, seamless texture given shape by surprising harmonious acidity. This is deceptively accessible today owing to its sheer sucrosité and pliancy, and its utterly suave tannins, but the extremely long finish shows an exhilarating sappiness that suggests this wine will evolve slowly and gracefully in bottle. (ST)  (1/2018)

Jancis Robinson

 Purplish crimson. Real savour to the nose of this. Lots of layers and impressive grip. Expensive but potentially rewarding. Zesty orange peel and ripe fruit with real bite. Most impressive. Great fan of flavours on the end. 18/20 points. (JR)  (1/2017)

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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.
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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.