2016 Domaine Perrot-Minot Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "La Richemone - Cuvée Ultra" Vieilles Vignes (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1352428 92-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A densely fruited, ripe and exuberantly fresh nose offers up notes of cassis, plum, dark raspberry and a variety of spice nuances. The impressively concentrated broad-shouldered flavors possess a plush yet reasonably defined mouthfeel before culminating in a driving, focused and very powerful finish that seems to go on and on. This is a big wine where the abundant dry extract presently largely hides the firm core of supporting tannins but make no mistake, this will need plenty of time to reach its apogee. At the same time, the sheer density of the sap will allow this to be enjoyed young if that's your preference.  (1/2018)

92-94 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru La Richemone Vieilles Vignes "Cuvée Ultra" has a mineral-driven bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit suffused with flinty, slate-like scents. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannin, a fine line of acidity, fresh from the start but maintaining impressive elegance and poise right to the finish. This has great potential and it should age well for a couple of decades. (NM)  (12/2017)

91-93 points Vinous

 (just four barrels made; no frost here): Bright, dark red with ruby highlights. Sexy aromas of dark cherry, briary forest berries, Oriental spices, hawthorn and black pepper. Penetrating, firmly built wine with lovely inner-mouth tension and a distinctly savory quality to its flavors of berries, stone and rare steak. A bit sweeter than the Beaux Monts but still quite classic and dry. My only question mark here is whether this wine has sufficient flesh to blossom in the cellar. (ST)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

94-96pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Planted 1902 at northern end, next to Boudots, on exceptionally stony ground. Only tiny millerand grapes so Christophe does not punch down. The nose is extremely dense if not yet detailed. There is incredible density of fruit on the palate, in a heady style reminiscent of neighbouring Vosne-Romanée. This is made up entirely of red fruit, nothing black, but cherry raspberry, and ripe redcurrants. Superb balance, persistent and mineral." (01/2018)

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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.


- 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.


- 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.