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Date Printed: 4/21/2014
Nicolas Potel Clos Vougeot 2005
Nicolas Potel Clos Vougeot 2005
(search item no. 91688)
collectible wine

International Wine Cellar rating: 94 points
PRICE ON 4/21/2014: $129.00

ratings pedigree (past vintages):
2006 International Wine Cellar rating: 93 points
2006 The Wine Advocate rating: 91 points
2004 International Wine Cellar rating: 92 points

Winemaker's Notes:

"Saturated ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, black cherry, licorice, bitter chocolate and pungent spices. Offers a penetrating, sappy kirsch flavor on the palate, in a rather dense, powerful style. This is powerful without coming across as heavy. Finishes very long and spicy, with terrific freshness."
-International Wine Cellar 92-94

"Deep ruby. A strongly reduced nose gives up little but the well-muscled flavors are big, robust and very powerful and possess the class young Clos de Vougeot youthful austerity. This is very primary and awkward yet the quality of the raw material is clear and this should reward 10 to 15 years of cellar time."
91-94 points Burghound

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About Nicolas Potel:

Nicolas Potel is one of a new breed of vinificateurs who are redefining the meaning of négociant. His father, the highly respected Gerard Potel, began a négoce house in the mid 1990s while manager of Domaine de la Pousse d'Or. Upon Gerard's death, Nicolas left the Domaine to take over the négoce business and his philosophy remains unchanged from when he worked with his father at Pousse d'Or.

He bought about 60% fruit for the 1997 vintage and 50% for 1998 (the rest being post-fermentation wine). He is very involved in the vineyard management with his contract growers and insists, whenever possible, on a biodynamic approach. He has strict requirements as to vine age (minimum of 35 years), harvest date, selection and parcel location. His selection process is extreme and quality driven: in 1998, about 500 wines were tasted to net 25 purchases.

The future is optimistic for Nicolas and his personal relationships with the leading growers of the Côte d'Or have given him access to fruit and wine which normally would never be sold off by the estate. His training in Australia and California leads him to prefer generous fruit qualities, and his wines are remarkably rich and sensual.