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2012 Chateau de la Tour - Clos Vougeot Vieilles Vignes Hommage a Jean Morin

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / VOUGEOT

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SKU: 391298-2012
  • Rating: 95

    Very dark red with ruby highlights. Austere on the nose but with a slightly liqueur-like quality to the aromas of black cherry, licorice, cocoa powder and pepper. Sappy, glossy and highly concentrated, if a bit youthfully peppery in the early going. Utterly seamless but at the same time sharply delineated, showing terrific cut to its flavors of dark fruits, cocoa powder, menthol and licorice. Finishes with outstanding sappy rising length and remarkably sweet but firm-edged tannins. A great showing. This special bottling is made from the first bunches on the canes of the estate's oldest vines, which theoretically are the first to be fed by the roots. |They get the sap first and we have found that the juice from these grapes is simply more complex and more concentrated,| explained Francois Labet.
    Issue: January/February 2014
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