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2013 Pierre Gelin - Fixin Clos Napoleon 1er Cru

FRANCE / BURGUNDY / FIXIN
  • 86 WA
  • 87 WS
  • Variety
    Pinot Noir

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SKU: 50170-2013-1500-1A
  • Wine Spectator | Rating: 87

    Rich, with succulent cherry, earth and iron flavors married to the moderately firm tannins. Fine balance and lingering finish. Best from 2017 through 2023. 156 cases imported.
    Author: Bruce Sanderson
  • Wine Advocate | Rating: 86

    The 2013 Fixin 1er Cru Clos NapolAcon has quite an intense nose of dark cherries, boysenberry and crushed strawberry. There is good definition here with wilted rose petal scents developing in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied, quite savory in the mouth, a little more forward than I would have liked with maybe too much oak on the finish. I prefer the 2014 to the 2013 Clos NapolAcon.
    Author: Neal Martin
  • Burghound | Rating: 89

    There is a touch of herbal tea present on the cool and restrained nose that offers up notes of dark fruit, earth, game and an interesting hint of tobacco. The clean, indeed polished middle weight flavors possess plenty of energy on the lightly mineral-driven, sleek and focused finish. This linear effort doesn't quite have the depth of the Hervelets though it's of course possible that it will develop more than I presently envision as it ages.
    Author: Allen Meadows
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  • Burgundy is home to some of the greatest and most expensive wines in the world. Stretching from Auxerre in the north to Lyon in the south, the region's most famous section is the limestone-rich Côte d'Or. Vineyards in Burgundy are classified according to their locations on the hillsides. Only 2% of total production is from grand cru sites, while premier cru and village-level wines are more common. It is rare for one domaine to own an entire vineyard; rather the land has been divided down to individual rows, in some cases as a result of inheritance laws. While other varieties can be found in Burgundy, Pinot Noir and Chardonnay reign supreme. The best examples are capable of aging for 15 years or more, a rarity for these two varieties, making them highly valuable. 

    Pinot Noir is a delicate, thin-skinned grape that is notoriously difficult to grow but unmatched in its ability to reflect its terroir. It is early-budding and early-ripening, and thus requires a cool climate. To achieve its best expression and maintain its delicate flavor profile, Pinot Noir demands great care in the vineyard, particular attention to yield management, and careful handling in the winery. Growers blessed with the patience, skill, and terroir to produce world-class Pinot Noir are greatly rewarded. Not only are these wines complex, age-worthy, and delicious, they also command some of the world’s highest prices.

    Old-World Pinot Noir most famously hails from Burgundy, where it is the only red variety permitted in the region. Techniques such as whole-bunch fermentation and barrel ageing, now common amongst high-quality Pinot Noir producers around the world, were pioneered by Burgundian winemakers. Age-worthy Pinot Noir from Burgundy tends to be high in acid, display low to medium tannins, and have red fruit flavors in youth that evolve into complex flavors of earth, game, cola, and truffle with age. Some of the most famous producers include Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Domaine Comte de Vogüé, Domaine Leroy, and Domaine Armand Rousseau.

    New-World Pinot Noir tends to grow in warmer climates and on newer vines than in the Old Word, producing wine that is more fruit-forward with flavors of red cherry, cranberry, and raspberry. The highest-quality wines come from moderate regions in California, particularly Sonoma and Carneros, and top producers include Marcassin, Kistler, and Kosta Browne.

    High acidity, low tannin, and low alcohol make Pinot Noir a versatile wine to pair. Spiced duck, fatty fish, grilled chicken, spicy foods, and anything with mushroom are just a few classic examples.

    Collector Data For This Wine

    • 12 bottles owned
    • 1 collectors