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Pinot Noir is widely considered to produce some of the finest wines in the world, but is a difficult varietal to cultivate and vinify. The grape's tendency to produce tightly packed clusters makes it susceptible to several viticultural hazards, and the thin-skins and low levels of phenolic compounds result in mostly lightly colored, medium-bodied, low-tannin wines. The tremendously broad range of bouquets, flavors, textures and impressions that Pinot noir can produce lends to its overall popularity but also to its misunderstanding. In the broadest terms, the wine tends to display aromas reminiscent of black and/or red cherry, raspberry and to a lesser extent currant and many other fine small red and black berry fruits. Traditional Pinot Noir is famous for its savory fleshiness and 'farmyard' aromas, but changing fashions, modern winemaking techniques, and new easier-to-grow clones have favored a lighter, more fruit-prominent, cleaner style.

Like many other red varietals, the character of the wine depends heavily on where the grapes are grown and how they are vinified, and these distinctions are largely reflected in a New World/Old World dichotomy. The Burgundy region in France, Pinot Noir's place of origin, is renowned for producing the most complex, ageworthy, and esoteric versions. These can range from dark, brooding, densely tannic wines to light, ethereally elegant wines of intensely perfumed character. Fruit profiles often differ as well, but the common denominator in all Burgundy Pinot Noir is the essence of the place in which it grows, coined as the term terroir. The finest examples, after years of proper aging, display haunting aromas and flavors that defy description using refrences of common reference points. The grape has also found highly unique expression in the vineyards of Germany, where it's known as Spätburgund. From the steep slopes of the Ahr Valley to the rolling, pastorl hills of the Pfalz, the country is producing wines with notably vibrant fruit and deep savory character, but also a rugged edge in which the stamp of terroir is also evident.

New World styles of Pinot Noir also vary in their specifics, but in general they are built on a bright, expressive fruit profile. California has several regions that excel with the varietal, most famously the Sonoma Coast AVA and its sub-AVA Russian River Valley. The wines typically display exuberant red cherry and strawberry notes along with the occasional savory spice elements. While these are cool climates by New World standards, Pinot Noir still achieves more consistent ripeness and more viscosity and body as a result. The AVAs of Santa Barbara County also produce outstanding versions with more concentrated savory profile, while Mendocino County's wines tend toward the dark-fruited, earthy profile. Oregon's Willamette Valley is perhaps the most old school of the New WOrld profiles, where fruit is less pronounced and an herbacious forest floor component imparts a touch of terroir on the wines. Perhaps the most exciting New World Pinot Noir wines are now coming from New Zealand, where the Central Otago and Martinborough regions are producing wines of dark fruit character with essentially cool-climate structure and texture, an intriguing, if non-traditional, combination.

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97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a terrific rendition of this routinely stunning cuvée, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of red-black fruit, incense, rich soil tones, violets, smoked duck and a touch of menthol. On the palate, the wine is deep… ...
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Mugneret-Gibourg Clos de Vougeot 2015  (#334292)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

97 points William Kelley (Wine Advocate): The 2015 Clos Vougeot Grand Cru is a terrific rendition of this routinely stunning cuvée, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of red-black fruit, incense, rich soil tones, violets, smoked duck and a…

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$1600.00
94-96 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): From barrel, the 2012 Clos de Vougeot Cuvee Vieilles Vignes has one of my favourite bouquets with wonderful vibrancy, mineralite and tension. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry and tension, blessed with precocious, beautifully aligned mineral-rich… ...
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Ponsot Clos de Vougeot Vieilles Vignes 2012  (#320033)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94-96 points Neal Martin (Wine Advocate): From barrel, the 2012 Clos de Vougeot Cuvee Vieilles Vignes has one of my favourite bouquets with wonderful vibrancy, mineralite and tension. The palate has a beguiling sense of symmetry and tension, blessed…

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Grivot Clos de Vougeot 2017  (#335320)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

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92-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: Two barrels made. Rich deep purple, the nose shows a dark fruit, really quite weighty on the palate with a solid wall of tannin at the back, strict yet fine. Good length too. (Nov 2018.) ...
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Leroux/Benjamin Clos de Vougeot Petit Maupertuis 2017  (#335264)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

92-94 points Jasper Morris, MW: Two barrels made. Rich deep purple, the nose shows a dark fruit, really quite weighty on the palate with a solid wall of tannin at the back, strict yet fine. Good length too. (Nov 2018.)

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Liger-Belair/Thibault Clos de Vougeot 2017  (#335339)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

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96 points Tim Atkin, MW: The wetter soils that characterise two of the three parcels that makes up the domaine’s 1.28 hectares were useful in a hot, dry year like 2015. This is a sweet, polished expression of the Grand Cru with a hint of smoky reduction, fine tannins and succulent red berry fruit.… ...
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Faiveley Clos de Vougeot 2015  (#332487)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points Tim Atkin, MW: The wetter soils that characterise two of the three parcels that makes up the domaine’s 1.28 hectares were useful in a hot, dry year like 2015. This is a sweet, polished expression of the Grand Cru with a hint of smoky…

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92-94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from domaine-owned fruit in two similarly sized parcels - one at the top and the other at the bottom of the slope). While there is certainly enough menthol character to warrant noting the overall impression of wood is a bit less prominent and this allows the… ...
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Bouchard Clos de Vougeot 2013  (#324317)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

92-94 points Allen Meadows (Burghound): (from domaine-owned fruit in two similarly sized parcels - one at the top and the other at the bottom of the slope). While there is certainly enough menthol character to warrant noting the overall impression of…

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93-97 points Fine Wine Review: Although relatively closed at the time I tasted it, the Clos-de-Vougeot showed depth, power, and intensity to its dark fruits and plenty of structure. (12/14/17) ...
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Faiveley Clos de Vougeot 2016  (#331248)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

93-97 points Fine Wine Review: Although relatively closed at the time I tasted it, the Clos-de-Vougeot showed depth, power, and intensity to its dark fruits and plenty of structure. (12/14/17)

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96 points Tim Atkin, MW (Decanter): Hudelot-Noëllat's 0.8ha of the Clos are made up of two parcels, both of them in the upper part of the grand cru. Intensely aromatic and sweet, this is the quintessence of Pinot Noir, with raspberry and wild strawberry fruit complemented by acidity and 40% new wood… ...
TA 96
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JG 94
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Hudelot-Noellat Clos de Vougeot 2017  (#334592)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

96 points Tim Atkin, MW (Decanter): Hudelot-Noëllat's 0.8ha of the Clos are made up of two parcels, both of them in the upper part of the grand cru. Intensely aromatic and sweet, this is the quintessence of Pinot Noir, with raspberry and wild…

750ml Bottle | In stock, 12 available
TA 96
JM 92-95
JG 94
80% whole clusters. Barrel aged 14 months in 40% new oak and 60% 1, 2 and 3-year-old oak. Brilliant deep ruby. A nose of red berries slightly closed with a smoked touch. The mouth is fresh with one finale powerful. Pair with roasted pigeon and French-style peas. ...
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Duband/David Clos de Vougeot 2016  (#333544)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

80% whole clusters. Barrel aged 14 months in 40% new oak and 60% 1, 2 and 3-year-old oak. Brilliant deep ruby. A nose of red berries slightly closed with a smoked touch. The mouth is fresh with one finale powerful. Pair with roasted pigeon and French…

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95 points Wine Spectator: Monolithic today, this seems one-dimensional, displaying elements of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, with rose, mineral and spice flavors. Firmly structured and well-proportioned, with a solid grip on the finish. Be patient. Best from 2023 through 2045. 900 cases made.… ...
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Jadot Clos de Vougeot 2015  (#332148)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

95 points Wine Spectator: Monolithic today, this seems one-dimensional, displaying elements of ripe strawberry and raspberry fruit, with rose, mineral and spice flavors. Firmly structured and well-proportioned, with a solid grip on the finish. Be…

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94-95 points Steen Öhman (Winehog): The Clos de Vougeot is brimming with juicy and fresh fruit – a great year for this vineyard. The Berthaut plot is located in the bottom of the vineyard where the frost was more lenient – still quite some yield was lost. The nose is crammed with fruit – cool and… ...
WH 94-95
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Berthaut-Gerbet Clos de Vougeot 2016  (#335176)

Pinot Noir from Vougeot, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France

94-95 points Steen Öhman (Winehog): The Clos de Vougeot is brimming with juicy and fresh fruit – a great year for this vineyard. The Berthaut plot is located in the bottom of the vineyard where the frost was more lenient – still quite some yield was…

750ml Bottle | Pre-arrival, 4 available
WH 94-95
JM 93-95
AM 91-94
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