95 Insider Points

REVIEWS

"This wine exhibits tremendous polish, finesse and mineralized energy. Spicy candied cherry and wild strawberry with incents of cloves and incense that permeates the nose and entry. Fuller on the back end and nicely balanced with mouthwatering acidity. I rated the selection 95 points. While it comes off quite approachable now, the wine should close up in the bottle over the next 1 to 2 years, but will cellar for up to 20 years no problem." - Neil Mechanic, Invino

WHY WE'RE DRINKING IT

The 2012 harvest was a very small in Burgundy. And unfortunately, only further drives the price up for the low-yielding Grand Crus of the Cote de Nuits. Procuring a Clos Vougeot Grand Cru south of $130 is a rare feat for more current releases of 2009 through 2012.

I’m alerting Invino Premier Members of the opportunity to lock in some of a highly allocated and limited parcel of Gerard Raphet’s Clos Vougeot for the BEST PRICE in the Nation. Normally this wine will would retail for $145 to $160 per bottle. "Savings" and "Grand Cru Burgundy" are not usually used in the same sentice!

Spanning four generations, the family domaine is located in Morey St. Denis and their holdings cover some of the most important crus in the Cote de Nuits, including Charmes Chambertin and Clos de la Roche. You’ll shell out a lot more for these other Grand Crus just another reason why the Clos Vougeot is a savvy cellar pickup.

Burgundy fans as well as seekers of the finest Pinot Noir should make a point to pickup a few bottles. This effort should easily cellar for another 10 to 20 years. You’re not going to find any single-vineyard Pinot from California, Oregon and New Zealand that will have the pedigree, depth and balance to cellar for this long.

This wine exhibits tremendous polish, finesse and mineralized energy. Spicy candied cherry and wild strawberry with incents of cloves and incense that permeates the nose and entry. Fuller on the back end and nicely balanced with mouthwatering acidity. I rated the selection 95 points. While it comes off quite approachable now, the wine should close up in the bottle over the next 1 to 2 years, but will cellar for up to 20 years no problem.

Stocking up top flight Red Burgundy is an expensive endeavor, but this will lighten the load in pursuit of the 2012 Grand Crus to stock the cellar. Cheers and taste well!