94 Insider Points
93 Points -Wine Spectator

REVIEWS

Practically Everything I Look For in a Pinot.
A balanced Pinot Noir can sometimes be hard to come across. It's the gems that really stand out, just as with this beautiful Aurelian Verdet. It delivers exquisite Burgundy at a great price. You won't find a wine with value like this often.

The bouquet shows soft floral aromas. Nice fruit on the front palate with strawberry and light cranberry. Balanced acids makes it a very juicy & refreshing Burg. It has a long, mouth-watering finish. An essential for any Burgundy lover, and a must have for all Pinot lovers.-94 Points - JZ November '17

"Intense cherry, raspberry, mineral and licorice flavors make a compelling case for this chewy red. Dense tannins offer support but remain integrated, while the flavors persist on the long aftertaste. Best from 2018 through 2032. 75 cases imported."- Wine Spectator

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Thoughts of Les Damodes are thoughts of bold, rich Pinot Noirs built for many, many years in the cellar. Planted in the 1960s, the 1er Cru vineyard is touched by Vosne-Romanee, Aux Boudots, Aux Cras, La Richemone and Aux Chaignots. Put simply, high-quality should be the distinguished Burgundian region’s middle name.


Getting the best out of the region falls at the hand of the winemaker, in the vineyard and in the cellar. The young and enthusiastic Aurelien Verdet is just that man. Jancis Robinson was quoted saying “one wouldn’t imagine that fruit coming from such varied sources would find such uniform themes of expression. But that is the case, evidence that this young winemaker knows what he is doing.” Wine Spectator also appears to love what Aurelien is doing giving the 2011 93 points, the 2012 92 points, and now the 2013 gets 93 points with its fruit flavors that “make a compelling case for this chewy red.”

TASTING NOTES 

Aurelien Verdet augments his range through grape contracts under which he lays down the criteria for the early part of the growing season with his suppliers . He then takes over the vineyard work in July and harvests and vinifies the grapes then bottles the wines . These grapes are tended organically but are not certified. Fruit is harvested manually and all the cuvees are vinified the same way. Vinifications are long - up to 30 days but his extraction is very gentle : up to 10 days cold maceration then gentle pumping over of the juice to stimulate fermentation After 15 days , the caps will be punched down more or less frequently depending on the vintage structure . The wines are aged in oak barrels from Burgundy , Troncais and Vosges forests not exceeding 1/3 new each year.

The bouquet is redolent of damsons and red plums with a complex palate and solid structure.This is a well-balanced and flavorful wine that will definitely please your palate. The flavors that you'll find are those of raspberry, cherry, hints of pepper and licorice.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Aurélien VERDET, born in April 1981, is an enthusiastic, driven young man. His father was one of the pioneers of organic viticulture back in the early 1970’s and since his retirement in 2005, Aurélien has carried on the tradition. Aurélien’s own Domaine comprised 4.5 hectares of Hautes Côtes de Nuits until 2009. In that year, he took over vines under a farming agreement in Vosne Romanée village and 1er cru Beaux Monts and 1er cru Nuits Damodes and Boudots. This entitled him to call them Domaine holdings.

He augments his range through grape contracts under which he lays down the criteria for the early part of the growing season with his suppliers. He then takes over the vineyard work in July, harvests and vinifies the grapes then bottles the wines.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Roasted pork, grilled duck, and pasta in an herbed cream and tomato sauce are all fabulous friends for this bottle.