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2018 Domaine d'Eugenie Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru "Aux Brûlées" (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1464884 95 points Decanter

Outer quote mark This has the most gorgeous savoury red fruits edged with rosemary, thyme, crushed earth and tobacco. A totally delicious wine that is both mouth-watering and restrained. A touch of reduction at first keeps the aromatics closed, but they open up quickly to show floral-edged pleasure. From a single 1.4ha plot opposite Richebourg (the Aux Brûlées vineyard is 5ha in total), with a clay-limestone rich soil that holds moisture and so stays cool over hot summers like 2018. 60% whole cluster. Drinking Window 2021 - 2036. (JA) Inner quote mark (2/2020)

93-95 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Vosne-Romanée Aux Brûlées 1er Cru contains 60% whole cluster. It has a crisp, focused bouquet of vivacious raspberry, morello cherry, crushed chalk and light marine aromas, very ethereal in style compared to the same wine a decade ago. The palate is medium-bodied with gentle grip and flavors blackberry mixed with raspberry, dovetailing into a very tertiary, peppery finish defined (at the moment) by the whole-bunch contribution. This is one that I would cellar for a decade to witness in full flight. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

90-92 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark A more elegant and slightly cooler nose combines nuances from both the red and dark side of the fruit spectrum along with hints of exotic tea, spice and sandalwood. The vibrant and almost delicate flavors possess a lilting mouthfeel before culminating in a lightly stony reasonably well-balanced finale as the only nit is a minor hint of warmth. Inner quote mark (1/2020)

Jancis Robinson

Outer quote mark On the limestone of Prémeaux. 60% whole bunch. Four new barrels out of seven. Barrel sample. Deep cherry red. Sweeter red fruit on the nose compared with the Clos d’Eugénie though the cold temperature of the sample makes it less expressive (the cellar is very cold and I am glad to be sitting just outside it). On the palate, this has the depth and fruit sweetness of a riper vintage allied to the super-fine texture of light extraction. A hint of wood on the palate, beautifully balanced and elegant. 17/20 points. (JH) Inner quote mark (11/2019)

K&L Notes

93-96pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "60% whole bunch and 4 new barrels out of 7. Glowing ripe purple, with a full ripe nose, some whole bunch effect, fills the mouth gorgeously with dainty white pepper behind, very gourmand for Brûlées. A fine, sweet fruited exemplar from a vineyard which did not work for everybody in 2018." (01/2019)

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