2015 Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat Richebourg Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1298283 95-97 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Richebourg Grand Cru comes from a parcel sandwiched in between Domaine de la Romanée-Conti (ask a winemaker and their vines are always located next to Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, though in this case it is true.) The bouquet takes five to ten minutes to unfurl, more powerful than the Romanée Saint Vivant, the fruit a little darker with a subtle floral aspect. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, layers of pure red and black fruit, outstanding mineralité and tension with a crescendo towards its regal finish that lingers long in the mouth. It will not be as approachable as the Romanée-Saint-Vivant, but it will easily give 30+ years of untrammeled drinking pleasure.  (12/2016)

96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a .28 ha parcel of vines that abut those of the Domaine de la Romanée-Conti in Richebourg proper). Somewhat surprisingly this is actually more aromatically expressive with its elegant and super-fresh array of liqueur-like dark berries, violet, lavender and impressive range of spices. There is much more volume, power and muscle to the full-bodied flavors that brim with minerality on the explosively long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is a very serious Riche that is built-to-age and unlike the Romanée St. Vivant, is not likely to make an especially good early drink. 2035+  (1/2018)

94 points Vinous

 Good dark red. At once darker, more restrained and less exotic on the nose than the Romanée-Saint-Vivant, offering scents of dark cherry, menthol and minerals. Boasts terrific thickness of texture but this is much tighter today than the RSV and showing less obvious early sweetness; Charles van Canneyt noted that this wine was more accessible in barrel than the RSV but not today. Still, this very long, sappy wine possesses the creamy depth to support its considerable tannic power and I would not be at all surprised if it eventually surpassed the RSV. (ST)  (1/2018)

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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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Vosne Romanee

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