2016 Domaine Perrot-Minot Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru "La Riotte" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1352429 91-94 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A pretty, cool and airy nose is comprised by aromas of maraschino cherry laced with both earth and a plethora of floral elements. The sleek, intense and wonderfully mineral-driven middle weight flavors possess an almost pungent salinity on the bitter cherry-inflected finish that flashes superb length. Like the Gevrey villages, if this can develop more depth with time in bottle this could be a knock-out.  (1/2018)

91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte has a gentle, almost Chambolle-like bouquet with red cherries, wild strawberry and cranberry scents interwoven with wilted rose petal and freshly tilled soil. I admire the clear articulation of terroir here. The palate is medium-bodied with very supple, lithe tannin. The acidity is well judged and there is impressive depth, plenty of succulent red berry fruit laced with spice. I would like a little more tension on the finish but otherwise this is a fine La Riotte that I suspect will both be approachable and age well. (NM)  (12/2017)

90-93 points Vinous

 Bright, dark red; these wines display brilliant Pinot colors. Knockout carnal perfume combines cherry, iron, tobacco, menthol and licorice along with classic Morey-Saint-Denis brown spices. Juicy and intense but rather bound-up in the early going, with its dark cherry, licorice, mint and iron flavors conveying a slightly medicinal character; an element of dried herbs adds another dimension. Finishes with a serious but fine dusting of tannins and excellent length and lift. This will need time in bottle. (ST)  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

92pts Jasper Morris (MW): "Fine medium deep purple, style here is lighter than the Nuits but it is beautifully balanced, lovely interplay of just ripe fruit, tannin and acidity. I would mention fennel if that did not imply under-ripeness, which is not the case. Drier finish." (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.
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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.