2015 Domaine Tollot-Beaut Chorey-Lès-Beaune

SKU #1336919 89-91 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Chorey-les-Beaune Village was tasted as a blend of the two cuvées that Tollot-Beaut create. It has an attractive raspberry, wild strawberry and morello nose, a slight metallic note in the background though that ebbs away with time. The palate is silky smooth on the entry with blue and red berry fruit, saturated tannins and a generous, rounded, lightly-spiced finish. There is a pastille-like purity here and it constitutes to be an absolutely delicious village cru.(NM)  (12/2016)

90 points Decanter

 A terrific village Chorey from vines over ninety years old. Notes of juicy red cherry, coniferous sous bois and subtle espresso lead into a refined, well balanced and full-bodied palate showing impressive depth and intensity through the persistent finish.Drinking Window 2018 - 2045.(WK)  (12/2016)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A slightly more elegant nose features liqueur-like aromas of both red and dark pinot fruit that are also liberally laced with warm earth nuances. The textured and relatively refined medium weight flavors also possess a seductive texture though with a bit more overall depth and length. This too would make for a very good upper level house red.  (4/2017)

Vinous

 (Nathalie Tollot made an assemblage of two large cuvées that had not yet been combined): Good dark red. Aromas and flavors of black cherry and licorice are lifted by a minty topnote. At once silky and juicy, showing good inner-mouth aromatic lift but no rough edges. Spicy and energetic on the back end. The crop level here was a solid 40 hectoliters per hectare as this clay-rich soil did not suffer much from drought.(ST)  (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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France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
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Burgundy

- 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.