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Burgundy Tasting
Saturday June 13, 2009
The famous Vosne Romanee Village
Featured Wines from Maison Nicolas Potel: 
1) Cote de Nuits Villages Vieilles Vignes 2006:  "Allied to a silky texture. Bright, with a moderate finish." -- Wine Spectator 87 pts.
2) Nuits St Georges Vieilles Vignes 2006:  "Pure black cherry, violet and a hint of mineral mark this succulent red. Balanced and vibrant, with firm yet well-integrated tannins. Nice length." -- WS 89 pts.
3) Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2006 "Elegant and firm, with red berry and red cherry flavors accented by violet. Nicely balanced, this should come together in two to three years." -- WS 88 pts.
4) Chambolle Musigny Vieilles Vignes 2006:  "Ripe and juicy, with cherry, spice and earth notes mingling in a spry frame. Turns more minerally as it glides to a lingering finish." -- WS 89 pts.
5) Chambolle Musigny Premier Cru Les Gruenchers 2006:   No review from WS / BG / RP.
6) Savigny Les Beaune 1er Cru Les Hauts Jarrons 2006:  "Fresh and expressive earthy dark berry fruit aromas merge into rich, full and solidly structured flavors are quite firm on the vibrant finish. This offers solid if not exceptional quality in a package that should mature over the medium term." -- Burghound 87-89 pts.  
7) Clos St Denis Grand Cru 2006*:  "A very ripe yet beautifully fresh nose offers up elegant aromas of dark berry fruit trimmed in a bit of discreet wood spice leads to mouth coating and exceptionally rich flavors that drench the palate with buckets of dry extract on the textured and velvety finish. This is a relatively big Clos St. Denis that delivers outstanding length on the powerful and very firmly structured finale. Recommended."  -- BG 91-93 pts.
8) Clos Vougeot Grand Cru 2006*:   "Moderate wood spice frames mostly red berry fruit aromas that display intense earth and underbrush notes that continue onto the big, broad-shouldered and amply concentrated flavors blessed with plenty of dry extract that buffers the very firm tannins on the structured and notably powerful finish that delivers superb length. This is a big but balanced bruiser of an effort with more than a touch of the classic youthful Clos de Vougeot austerity."  -- BG 91-94 pts. 
Background on Maison Nicolas Potel:
Maison Nicolas Potel is a rising negociant that focuses on selecting the grapes from the best "terroirs" (vineyards with great climate, drainage, sun, soil conditions).  Their lineup ranges from the highly rated Grand Crus such as Clos Vougeot to the simpler Bourgogne AOC.  The wines have an unique confident characteristic, with much structure, layers, and concentration.   In the past years, international wine critics have consistently ranked Nicolas Potel's wines among the top Burgundies tasted.  



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