Red Burgundy-Cote de Beaune

  • Here's the Burghound review: ' This is also exceptionally ripe yet again, the plum, cassis and wet stone aromas stop short of being surmature. There is excellent richness yet superb detail to the mineral-inflected, powerful and driving flavors that culminate in a dusty, precise, mouth coating and explosive finish. I very much like the balance even though the extremely firm but ripe tannins suggest that this stunning Rugiens may very well require 20 years of cellar time before it reaches its peak. A most impressive effort but I wouldn't buy this unless you have a lot of patience and cool storage.' 92-95 points From just two barrels made, this is an example of why Rugiens is indeed Grand Cru status worthy.  Terribly complete in all aspects.  WOW.  
  • Here is the Burghound review: "As it always is, this is much more refined and elegant with a really lovely nose of red pinot fruit, violets, stone and plum. The rich and mineral-driven middle weight flavors possess excellent precision and punch on the balanced, tightly focused and compact finish. This will require time to flesh out as the recent bottling seems to have caused the backend to harden somewhat though given how ripe the underlying tannins are I don't expect that this will persist for very long." 90 points In stock.  
  • Here is Steve Tanzer's review: "(60% vendange entier):  Red with a pale rim.  Highly aromatic, spicy nose melds redcurrant, cherry, smoke and leather, along with accents of dried flowers and orange zest.  Not particularly deep but elegant in style, conveying an open, spicy, high-pH mouth feel but with enough sneaky acidity--not to mention energy from the high percentage of stems--to retain freshness.  Finishes with substantial toothdusting tannins and very good spicy persistence." 89-91 points. The Burghound review: "(60% whole clusters). An intensely floral nose with hints of spice and warm earth add considerable refinement to the ultra-pure red pinot fruit aromas. There is both a lovely mouth feel and detail to the middle weight flavors that culminate in a firm and moderately austere finish that displays solid if not perfect balance as there is a very mild touch of warmth. The austerity is enough that this will not be for everyone. 90/2018+" This is sooo finessed for a Beaune 1er.  A mi me gusta mucho. In stock.
  • This was the first Beaune wine of Nico's that I started to work with.....for quality price, in sturdy, savory, full flavored 1er Burg, it is top notch. Here is the Burghound's review: "A perfumed and very pretty nose of layered black cherry, plum and iron-infused earth aromas lead to rich, delicious and pliant flavors where the mid-palate is succulent and seductive yet the balanced finish is notably firm. There is a trace of rusticity but overall, this is really quite attractive. 90/2019+" In stock.
  • Man oh man, this is some WOW factor Pommard.  From the tiny 1er of Chanlins, which abuts the should-be-grand-cru parcel of Rugiens, this one is perennially of Nico''s finest wines.  Me likey.... Here is the Burghound review: "This partially resembles the Jarolières in that there is copious wood that just avoids dominating the cool liqueur of red berry, plum and wet stone suffused nose. There is a very solid core of ripe tannins that shape the mineral-driven and large-scaled flavors that possess a lovely sense of energy, particularly on the driving, firm and moderately austere finish. This isn’t quite as long as the Epenots or the Fremiers but it’s close. Note that this stunner of a wine is also explicitly constructed to reward longer-term cellaring. 93/2023+" In stock.
  • Here is Steve Tanzer's review: "(completely destemmed; from Les Petits Epenots, on the Beaune side of this premier cru):  Good bright red.  Complex aromas of medicinal red cherry, redcurrant, minerals and underbrush.  Intensely flavored, stylish and sweet, with a fine-grained texture enlivened by nicely integrated acidity.  Smooth on the finish but this will need further elevage and time in bottle to integrate its disparate aromatic elements." 91-93 points Here is the Burghound review: "(from Petits Epenots). A brooding, highly complex and powerfully earthy mélange of red currant, green tea, cassis, plum and dark berries gives way to broad-shouldered, concentrated and extract rich flavors that really coat the palate. There is a supple and round texture to the mouth feel with stunning intensity on the saline, austere and quite finely balanced finish that seems to go on and on. This is clearly built to age and will need plenty of it but the results should more than repay your patience. 94/2023+" In stock.
  • From the single barrel of Rugiens in 2011...... In stock.  
  • Here is Steven Tanzer's review: "(from a vineyard next to Volnay Chevret, but planted on a steeper slope and on a higher percentage of limestone; just 5% vendange entier):  Bright full red.  Stony pungency to the aromas and flavors of redcurrant, tobacco and minerals, along with a suggestion of cotton candy.  Silky and seamless in the mouth, but also boasts excellent volume and concentration.  Comes across as elegant and gentle but at the same time dense and firmly structured, which sounds like Volnay to me.  Finishes with substantial dusty, building tannins." 91-94 points In stock.
  • Here is Steven Tanzer's review: "(a blend of his father's and uncle's fruit, the former vinified entirely with whole clusters and the latter destemmed):  Medium red.  Redcurrant, iron and flowers on the nose.  Supple and perfumed in the mouth, delivering good thickness of texture without undue weight.  A juicy cranberry flavor is further lifted on the back by good mineral cut.  Lovely perfumed Volnay with excellent intensity and length." 91-93 points In stock.
  • Here is Steve Tanzer's review: "(from 2.1 hectares of vines in Santenots du Bas; aged in 25% new heavy-toast Francois Freres barrels; completely destemmed and very lightly punched down during fermentation):  Good bright red.  Musky aromas of red fruits, tobacco, cocoa powder and underbrush.  Rich and full, but with no shortage of energy to the fruit-driven strawberry and raspberry flavors.  Very good volume here, and plenty of medicinal reserve on the juicy, palate-staining finish.  These grapes have enough tannins to vinify without their stems, noted Rossignol, who carried out two separate vinifications and told me he'd like to do four in the future, before assembling the components for bottling." 92-94 points Here is the Burghound review: "There is a hint of green tea and crushed herb to the beautifully well-layered nose of primarily red berry fruit aromas that are laced with both earth and spice hints. The powerful, concentrated and quite serious medium weight flavors also exude a fine minerality before terminating in an equally complex, driving and very firm finish. This too is a relatively big wine and will likewise require a solid decade of cellar time to realize its full potential. 92/2021+" In stock.
  • Here is the Burghound review: "This is arguably the most elegant wine in the range with airy, cool and highly restrained aromas of pure essence of red pinot fruit, exotic black tea and mineral nuances. There is equally impressive purity to the laser-like middle weight mineral-driven flavors that display stunning, indeed almost painful intensity that continues onto the superbly complex, long and impeccably well balanced finish. This is austere, classy and absolutely textbook Taillepieds. 93/2021+" In stock.