2007 Olivier Bernstein Clos de le Roche Grand Cru

SKU #1319213 92 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Medium red. Very dark, youthfully medicinal aromas of black cherry, crushed blackberry and mocha, with a liqueur-like aspect. Then ripe and juicy but quite tight in the mouth, and much less pliant today than the Champeaux. Privileges savory soil tones over primary fruit and easy sweetness. Finishes very long and aromatic, with the structure to age. (ST)  (3/2010)

91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 The wood toast that this had displayed from cask (see herein) is still present and while it's not strong, it is at the same time not invisible. Otherwise there is an appealing freshness to the complex and lightly spicy nose of mostly dark pinot fruit, earth, leather and moderately sauvage aromas. There is good vibrancy and detail to the solidly powerful medium-bodied flavors that display good concentration in the context of the vintage before culminating in a balanced and persistent finish. This is not a big wine by the standards of a classic Clos de la Roche but it has everything it needs to reward another 4 to 7 years of cellar time.  (4/2013)

Jancis Robinson

 Crimson, crystal clear. Quite a haunting nose. Great sweet palate hit at first. Juicy red cherry fruit. Very charming with quite a bit of grandeur. Lots of very, very fine tannins. Very racy, like taffeta. Strong and cracking texture. Well done and very clean. 18/20 points.  (5/2009)

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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.