2015 Domaine Georges Noëllat Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Les Petits Monts" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1321385 92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru les Petits Monts is matured in two-thirds new oak (three barrels.) It has a beautiful, nuanced bouquet that effortlessly disguises the new oak, very delineated and pure with vivacious morello cherry, wild strawberry and candied orange peel aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth and harmonious entry, hints of orange sorbet/blood orange filtering through the red cherry and strawberry notes, merging into the more mineral-driven finish. I appreciate the transparency here, the frisson of energy. It should give 12-15 years of drinking pleasure, possibly more.(NM)  (12/2016)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also mildly reduced but it probably won't persist. By contrast there is even more intensity and refinement present on the more mineral-driven medium weight flavors that possess an attractive sense of underlying tension before terminating in a chalky, mouth coating and impeccably well-balanced finale. This is well worth considering.  (1/2017)

93 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Petits Monts from Domaine Georges Noëllat is again very pure and perfumed. The nose delivers a classy blend of cherries, red plums, raspberries, duck, raw cocoa, lovely minerality, woodsmoke, fresh nutmeg and cedary wood. On the palate the wine is deep, fullbodied and very suave on the attack, with as sappy core, a nice base of soil, fine-grained tannins and a very long, tangy and energetic finish. Most young examples of Petits Monts are quite black fruity in personality, but I love the red fruity tones found in this charming wine. 2022-2060.  (1/2017)

92 points Vinous

 Good dark red with ruby tones. Very ripe aromas of dark raspberry, licorice pastille and cinnamon, plus a sexy suggestion of torrefaction. Then fresher in the mouth than the nose suggests, displaying a lovely combination of sweet, seamless red berry fruit and vibrant acidity. Velvety and a bit high-toned in the middle palate, but the finish leaves the salivary glands humming. Cheurlin noted that his 2015s were bottled unfined and unfiltered, with volatile acidity levels around 0.6 to 0.65 grams per liter, which contributes to their early aromatic appeal. (ST)  (1/2018)

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