Friday, November 12, 2021

Thanksgiving Magnums

Pinot Noir for Thanksgiving!

In stock at Forsyth now!!

3 bottles
2018 Jacques Frederic Mugnier Nuits Saint Georges Clos de la Marechale...$299.99 / 1.5 liter

The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Clos de la Maréchale 1er Cru was tasted from a blend of five cuvées. It has an attractive bouquet of mainly black fruit laced with black tea and bay leaf notes, plus touches of rose petal in the background. The palate is medium-bodied with fine-grained tannins, tending more toward a red fruit profile, with wonderful salinity on the finish. Good potential. Excellent.
Rated 90-92/100 Vinous Media

Clos de la Maréchale was hit by two hail storms in 2018, including one on the day of France's World Cup final triumph, so yields in this 9.06ha monopoly vineyard were down by 40% overall. The quality of the resulting wine didn't suffer in the slightest, as this is one of the best bottlings of recent years, with fine, savoury red fruit flavours, graceful tannins and a stylish frame of 25% new wood.
Rated 94/100 Decanter Magazine

1 bottle
2007 Hubert Lignier Clos de la Roche Grand Cru...$799.99 / 1.5 liter
This possesses the most complex nose in the range with blue and black berry aromas that run toward cassis with background notes of stone and plum that are in perfect keeping with the naturally sweet, textured and palate staining big-bodied flavors that culminate in a mentholated, tangy and long finish that appears to have enough underlying material to eventually round out
Rated 91/100 Allen Meadows Burghound

1 bottle
2016 Hubert Lignier Gevrey Chambertin Les Seuvrees...$215.99 / 1.5 liter
The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Seuvrées impressed me from barrel and now in bottle, it is certainly fulfilling its potential. Served blind at a restaurant in Beaune, it offers copious plush red fruit on the nose laced with subtle limestone scents. The palate is beautifully balanced with velvety smooth tannins, immense depth for a Village Cru with a purity on the finish that is completely disarming. I doubt that you will find many Village Crus that will surpass this little gem from Lignier. Tasted blind at La Superbe restaurant.
Rated 93/100 Vinous Media
The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin les Seuvrées comes from 60- to 70-year-old vines and included 30% whole-bunch fruit. This has a more refined and precise bouquet than the la Justice thanks to the effortlessly pure red fruit intertwined with cold stone/limestone aromas. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, a killer line of acidity and a brightness on the finish that is a pure joy. This is a superb village cru, one of the best that I encountered this vintage.
Rated 91-93/100 The Wine Advocate

1 bottle
2017 Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots du Milieu 1er Cru...$439.99

The 2017 Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots-du-Milieu confirms its strong showing from barrel, soaring from the glass with scents of ripe cherries, red berries, rose petals, orange rind and a deft touch of toasty new oak. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, ample and fleshy, with melting tannins, succulent acids and a charming, supple profile that makes it hard to resist.
Rated 93/100 The Wine Advocate
The 2017 Volnay Les Santenots-du-Milieu 1er Cru was opened by Dominique Lafon just because he wanted to compare with the ensuing two vintages. Who was I to stop him? It is very different in style from those vintages: redder fruit, more transparency, charming, and it wears its heart on its sleeve. The palate is full of slightly peppery red berry fruit, saline and spicy with good grip and a long raspberry and wild strawberry finish. So unbelievably drinkable, even at this early stage you’ll finish bottle.
Rated 94/100 Vinous Media

1 bottle
2018 Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots du Milieu 1er Cru...$439.99 / 1.5 liter

Lafon's finest red this year is, as usual, the 2018 Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots-du-Milieu, a wine that combines the finesse of the Clos des Chênes with the power and depth of the Champans. Exhibiting a complex bouquet of cherries, smoky wild berries, rich soil tones, violets and dark chocolate, it's medium to full-bodied, lively and concentrated, with refined tannins and a sense of controlled power.
Rated 92-94+/100 The Wine Advocate
The 2018 Volnay Les Santenots-du-Milieu 1er Cru has the most intense bouquet of Dominique Lafon’s Volnays this year, intense black cherry scents intermingling with boysenberry and light cassis aromas, all delivered with the utmost detail. The palate offers black cherry and raspberry fruit infused with violets, very fine tannins and gentle grip. The silky-smooth finish fans out gloriously. Stunning.
Rated 94-96/100 Vinous Media

7 bottles
2017 Jean Marc Pavelot Savigny les Beaune Dominode 1er Cru...$115.99 / 1.5 liter
The 2017 la Dominode is the most structured young Savigny premier cru in the cellars, but its potential is enormous. The youthful nose was still in the process of absorbing its serving of new oak, but will do so seamlessly with a bit more age, and offers up a fine blend of black plums, red and black cherries, pigeon, dark soil tones, raw cocoa, a bit of bonfire, cedar and an exotic topnote of licorice. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and nicely reserved out of the blocks, with an excellent core of fruit, fine-grained tannins and a long, soil-driven and complex finish. This is serious juice. 2026-2065+.
Rated 94/100 John Gilman View from the Cellar
Rated 91-93/100 Vinous Media

1 bottle
2015 Jean Marc Pavelot Savigny les Beaue Dominode 1er Cru...$124.99 / Magnum
The 2015 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Dominodes is cut from the same cloth as the Aux Gravains, albeit with more floral scents and more red fruit. It is just as beautifully defined and seductive though. The palate is medium-bodied with silky smooth tannin, superb mineralité, immense cohesion and energy that spills over on the chalky-textured finish. This is (yet another) outstanding 2015 from Domaine Pavelot who frankly has done little wrong this vintage
Rated 92-94/100 The Wine Advocate
Rated 91+/100 Vinous Media

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