2015 Domaine Dujac Clos St. Denis Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1312285 96 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (from a 1.48 ha parcel). The slightly exotic aromas of cassis, plum, earth, sandalwood, lavender and smoke possess a lovely purity and unusually good freshness in the context of this very ripe vintage. As is usually the case with this wine it’s refined and sophisticated thanks to the fine-grained tannins shaping the middle weight flavors and wonderfully persistent finish. This is very classy and the balance is impeccable which should allow it to age effortlessly, which it very clearly is going to require. 2035+  (1/2018)

96 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Clos St. Denis from Domaine Dujac is very, very special this year. The bouquet is sappy and flamboyant, delivering a vibrant constellation of red plums, raspberries, cherries, raw cocoa, beautiful spice tones, complex minerality, vanillin oak and lovely, musky floral tones in the upper register that are also found in the Romanée-St.-Vivant this year. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied, tangy and amazingly defined by its minerality (which is hard to believe, given how beautiful the fruit is here!), with a sappy core, ripe, perfectly integrated tannins, lovely acids and laser-like focus on the very, very long, very refined and complex finish. 2026-2075+.  (1/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru has a very mineral-driven bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, a captivating marine influence coming through with superb delineation. The palate is beautifully balanced with orange zest infusing the bright red fruit, perhaps showing the growing season a little more than the Echézeaux, but what I like here is the crescendo of flavor and the intensity on the bravura finish. It feels tightly coiled at the moment but it will surely spread its wings once in bottle.(NM)  (12/2016)

94 points Vinous

 Healthy medium red. Superb floral lift to the aromas of dark raspberry and crushed-stone minerality. Larger-scaled and deeper than the Beaux Monts but at the same time showing outstanding sappy pungency and definition to its black raspberry and mineral flavors. Outstanding mineral-driven energy frames and extends the very long, slowly rising finish, which features chewy but fully ripe tannins. A splendid premier cru with grand cru volume and class. (ST)  (1/2018)

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