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Domaine de la Vougeraie Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes Premier Cru 2013

Pinot Noir from Nuits-St-Georges, Cote de Nuits, Cote d'Or, Burgundy, France
  • RP94
  • BH92
  • V91
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Winemaker Notes

An eye-catching deep ruby, with violet reflections. The first nose is complex, powerful, with mineral notes, developing into aromas that are at once both spicy and fruity, (cassis, blackberry). The mouth is typically "Nuits", a very rich wine, enveloping literally all the palate. Black fruit, such as blackberries, dominates the aromas. One also notices the finesse and depth of the tannins. The finish is clean and very elegant.

Critical Acclaim

RP 94
The Wine Advocate

The 2013 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru les Damodes has a slightly spicier and more generous bouquet than the Clos de Thorey, although not quite the same detail and delineation at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannins, very well-judged acidity and good density on the finish that is sprinkled with white pepper and cumin. This has great potential and I appreciated this as much as the domaine's Musigny Grand Cru.

BH 92
Burghound.com

Noticeable wood borders the spicy aromas of plum, dark currant, earth and discreet floral scents. There is excellent volume to the intense medium-bodied flavors that also possess a relatively refined mouth feel before concluding in a lingering and well-balanced finale. This isn't quite as refined as the Clos de Thorey but it is slightly more complex and more structured. A qualitative choice even though the two wines are quite different. Range: 90-92

V 91
Vinous / Antonio Galloni

Good medium red. Cool, medicinal black cherry, blueberry and violet on the nose. Concentrated, ripe and sappy, showing excellent texture and intense spice character for the vintage. Finishes juicy and long, with some very ripe chocolate tones and big, tactile tannins that avoid dryness. This will need patience. Rating: 91+

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Domaine de la Vougeraie

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Domaine de la Vougeraie, , France - Other regions
Domaine de la Vougeraie
Le Domaine de la Vougeraie was founded in 1999, uniting under a single signature the 91 acres of vineyards owned by the Boisset family. Our vineyards are in 30 different appellations in the Côte d'Or, with two-thirds in the Côte de Nuits and one-third in the Côte de Beaune. Our first vineyard, purchased by Jean-Claude and Claudine Boisset in 1964, is the single vineyard Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Evocelles", and our latest jewel, the Vougeot Premier Cru "Le Clos Blanc de Vougeot" Monopole is part of our 24 acres in the Vougeot appellation. Pierre Vincent, our winemaker, focuses on the pure expression of Burgundian terroir using organic farming and biodynamics, respecting the environment and making truly unique wines. We are proud to announce that 100% of our vineyards are certified organic by Ecocert since the 2007 harvest.

Argentina

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Formerly associated with inexpensive bulk wine but dramatically shifting focus from quantity to quality...

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Formerly associated with inexpensive bulk wine but dramatically shifting focus from quantity to quality, Argentina is the most important wine-producing country in South America. Certainly excellent values abound here still, but increases in vineyard investment, improved winery technology, and a commitment to innovation since the late 20th century have contributed to the country’s burgeoning image as a producer of great wines at all price points. The climate here is diverse but generally continental and agreeable, with hot, dry summers and cold snowy winters—a positive, as snow melt from the Andes Mountains can be used to irrigate vineyards. Grapes very rarely have any difficulty achieving full ripeness.

Mendoza, a large and famous region responsible for more than 70% of Argentina’s wine production, is further divided into several sub-regions, including Luján de Cuyo and the Uco Valley. Red wines dominate here, especially Malbec, the country’s star variety, while Chardonnay is the most successful white. The province of San Juan is best known for blends of Bonarda and Syrah. Torrontés is a specialty of the La Rioja and Salta regions, the latter of which is also responsible for excellent Malbecs grown at very high elevation.

Bordeaux Blends

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine...

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One of the world’s most classic and popular styles of red wine, Bordeaux-inspired blends have spread from their homeland in France to nearly every corner of the New World, especially in California, Washington, and Australia. Typically based on either Cabernet Sauvignon or Merlot and supported by Cabernet Franc, Malbec, and/or Petit Verdot, these are sometimes referred to in the US as “Meritage” blends. In Bordeaux itself, Cabernet Sauvignon dominates in wines from the Left Bank of the Gironde river, while the Right Bank focuses on Merlot. Often, blends from outside the region are classified as being inspired by one or the other.

In the Glass

Cabernet-based, Left-Bank-styled wines are typically more tannic and structured, while Merlot-based wines modeled after the Right Bank are softer and suppler. Cabernet Franc can add herbal notes, while Malbec and Petit Verdot contribute color and structure. Wines from Bordeaux can be bold and fruit-forward or restrained and earthy, while New World facsimiles tend to emulate the former style. In general, Bordeaux red blends can have aromas and flavors of black currant, cedar, plum, graphite, and violet, with more red fruit flavors when Merlot makes up a high proportion of the blend.

Perfect Pairings

Since Bordeaux red blends are often quite structured and tannic, they pair best with hearty, flavorful, and fatty meat dishes. Any type of steak makes for a classic pairing. Equally welcome with these wines would be beef brisket, pot roast, braised lamb, or smoked duck.

Sommelier Secret

While the region of Bordeaux is limited to a select few approved grape varieties, the New World is free to experiment. Bordeaux blends in California may include Syrah, Petite Sirah, Zinfandel, or virtually any other grape deemed worthy by the winemaker. In Australia, Shiraz is a common component.

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