2015 Domaine Georges Noellat Nuits-St.-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Cras" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1321380 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Matured in 60% new oak, the 2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras has an opulent bouquet with blueberry and black cherry fruit soaring from the glass, the oak neatly integrated, although I detected just a little warmth here that detracted from the delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with firm tannin. There is clearly a solid backbone to this Nuits Saint Georges that lends it a Morey-Saint-Denis-like personality. There is ample blackberry and raspberry notes infused with white pepper and sage, fanning out in confident fashion towards the detailed finish. This is a sturdy and forthright 2015 that will drink beautifully over 15-20 years. This wine is superb.  (12/2016)

91-93 points Vinous

 (control of these 50+-year-old vines reverted back to Domaine Georges Noëllat in 2013; finished its malo very late): Dark red with ruby tones. Pungent but reduced aromas of black cherry and minerals. Dense, creamy and deep in the middle palate, with the sweet dark raspberry fruit given punch by the wine's underlying rocky minerality. A wine of impressive structure, this is almost tough in the early going. But the tannins are ripe and integrated, allowing the slightly medicinal finishing flavors of black cherry and minerals to expand and linger on the aftertaste. A lovely showing.(ST)  (1/2017)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here there is no reductive funk to the elegant, ultra-fresh and pure aromas of essence of red berry fruit, spice and soft earth scents. I love the delineation of the supple yet sleek and highly energetic flavors that brim with minerality that carries over to the dusty and balanced finish where a hint of bitter cherry arises.  (1/2016)

91 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Nuits “aux Cras’ was the one premier cru here that showed a bit of the vintage’s ripeness on the nose, but the palate remains pure, transparent and velvety in style. The bouquet offers up scents of baked red plums and cherries, chocolate, a good base of soil and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very plush on the attack, with fine complexity, ripe tannins and good length and grip on the slightly roasted finish. This is still a very good wine, but it does not quite share the same purity and sense of delicacy of the other 2015s in the cellar here this year. 2023-2060.  (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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Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.