92 Points! The two cuvées of 2014 from the Beckstoffer Georges III Vineyard in Rutherford include the delicious 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Georges III 150-case lot of Cabernet Sauvignon made from clone 7, which exhibits plenty of cedar wood, blackcurrants, licorice, fruitcake and underbrush. The wine is medium to full-bodied, round, juicy and best drunk over the next 10-12 years. - Robert Parker, The Wine Advocate #228, December 2016
98 Points! Deep garnet-purple colored, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon George III Vineyard exudes an achingly graceful, complex perfume of oolong tea, rose hips, lilacs, fallen leaves and tilled loam with a core of blackcurrant cordial, kirsch, redcurrant jelly and warm plums with wafts of aniseed and incense. Full-bodied, with a solid backbone of super ripe, velvety tannins and oodles of freshness backing up the rich, highly focused and oh-so-stunning red and black fruit layers, it finishes long, lifted and perfumed. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com
A blend of 80% Pinot Noir and 20% Chardonnay, 80% from the 2013 harvest and 20% from older Reserve wine blended back for consistency and complexity. This is exactly what we want our bargain bubbly to be, a no-nonsense, juicy, flavor-packed Champagne that doesn’t try to be Krug or Selosse or what have you. Green apple, a hint of red fruits, citrus, a touch of dough, and this one will more than grease the wheels with sushi or some pass-arounds at your next casual and/or formal dinner party.
100 Points! The 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Beckstoffer Las Piedras Vineyard Lpv is very deep purple-black in color with an incredibly perfumed nose of potpourri, lavender and red roses with hints of oolong tea, cigar boxes and fragrant earth over a black cherry, blackberry and warm plums core. Full-bodied, firm and with wonderfully ripe, grainy tannins, it delivers mouth-filling black fruits and an epically long, wonderfully fragrant finish. - Lisa Perotti-Brown, Wine Advocate
We did the research. The average price of ALL wines from this famous Premier Cru vineyard from ALL producers (good and bad) and ALL vintages (good, bad, old, current) we could find was $110 a bottle.
So, what if we could give you a wine, direct from Burgundy, approved (ok, consumed with reckless abandon) by our team, with 10 years of bottle age for almost 2/3 off? The Patrick Hudelot Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Les Saint Georges 2008 is a classic rendition from this Grand Cru-aspiring site. The grapes were sorted twice (in the vineyard and the winery) before natural fermentation in open wood vats followed by 18 months aging in barrel prior to release. Classic.
90-92 Points! The 2016 Nuits Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots has another very elegant and poised bouquet: blackberry, raspberry and a subtle marine influence that becomes more prominent with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly coarse tannin, firm and more masculine, needing more flesh and harmony to come through on the finish. Not bad, but I wager that this is not one of the domaine’s best in 2016. - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
91-93 Points! The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras was more backward on the nose compared to the domaine’s other 2016s, partly because it underwent a late malolactic, according to Maxime Chuerlin. The palate is medium-bodied with candied red berry fruit on the entry mixed with cassis and ink. I appreciate the grainy structure here, but it is more backward and sultry than Maxime’s other barrel samples at the moment. That said, it is clearly well defined and harmonious on the finish, and it should develop with style once in bottle. - Neal Martin, Wine Advocate
(mostly from Au Bas de Combe): Deep red-ruby. Aromas of blackberry, violet and licorice pastille complicated by a hint of coffee torrefaction. Still a touch of reduction to its youthfully bound-up flavors of black fruits, licorice and spices. Finishes with noteworthy length and a firm tannic backbone for village wine. - Stephen Tanzer, Vinous Media Learn More
91-93 Points! The 2016 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Cras was more backward on the nose compared to the domaine’s other 2016s, partly because it underwent a late malolactic, according to Maxime Chuerlin. The palate is medium-bodied with candied red berry fruit on the entry mixed with cassis and ink. I appreciate the grainy structure here, but it is more backward and sultry than Maxime’s other barrel samples at the moment. That said, it is clearly well defined and harmonious on the finish, and it should develop with style once in bottle. - Neal Martin, robertparker.com Learn More
91-93 Points! There is noticeable wood that fights just a bit with the otherwise fresh and attractively layered high-toned red berry fruit aromas that enjoy added breadth in the form of pungent earth, spice and lovely floral hints. There is a relatively refined mouth feel thanks to the fine-grained tannins that shape the middle weight flavors, all wrapped in a delicious and solidly lingering finish. The wood resurfaces on the finale but the concentration is such that this should have no difficulty absorbing it in time. - Allen Meadows, Burghound #53
97+ Points! Deep garnet-purple in color, the 2016 Cabernet Sauvignon Missouri Hopper is a little youthfully mute to begin, slowly revealing evocative crème de cassis, blueberry pie, chocolate box and black tea notes with nuances of forest floor, wild sage and crushed rocks. Full-bodied and packed to the gills with black fruits and earthy layers, it has a firm, grainy frame and just enough freshness, finishing with epic persistence. - Lisa Perrotti-Brown, robertparker.com
There is a hint of herbal tea to the equally cool if less elegant nose of red currant, earth and sauvage nuances. There is good volume to the equally delicious, round and generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors that are shaped by relatively fine-grained tannins that should permit this to be approached with pleasure when young if desired. - Allen Meadows, Burghound #61
94 Points! Of the five outstanding offerings from the village of Nuits St.-Georges, the most exotic and flashy is the Nuits St.-Georges-Aux Boudots. The huge nose of roasted meats, pure black-raspberries, and herbs soars from the glass. Full-bodied, with layer upon layer of rich, unctuous Pinot fruit, this super-concentrated, voluptuously textured wine is so rich that the formidable tannin levels are nearly concealed. The finish goes on and on. - Robert Parker, robertparker.com, 1992
91-93 Points! The 2013 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru les Perrières has a heightened sense of mineralité compared to Chevillon’s other crus, with wet cold stone scents infusing the bright red fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and a vitamin-like purity: orange zest, hints of marmalade, a slight savory note toward the long finish. This is a linear, "athletic" Nuits Saint Georges, that should flourish once in bottle. - Neal Martin, eRobertParker.com
90-92 points! The 2012 Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Chaignots is one of the more supple wines in this range. As such, it won't demand as much cellar time as many of the other Chevillon 2012s. Gently spiced notes open up in the glass, followed by sweet red berries, flowers and cinnamon. The 2012 is soft and understated, with lovely overall balance and tons of medium-term appeal. This is another gracious, totally inviting wine from Chevillon. - Antonio Galloni, Vinous Media
97 Points! One of the finest vintages of this cuvée I’ve tasted, the 2014 Cabernet Sauvignon Estate is a thrill a minute with its fabulous bouquet of crème de cassis, charcoal embers, spice, and subtle vanilla oak aromas and flavors. Possessing medium to full body, an incredibly layered, seamless texture, moderate acidity, and present, ripe tannins, it has some upfront charm given its purity of fruit and texture, but deserves 3-4 years of bottle age and is going to keep for two decades. This beauty rivals Ridge’s Monte Bello and is an incredible example of Cabernet Sauvignon grown in this mountain terroir. - Jeb Dunnuck, jebdunnuck.com
92 Points! This is nicely pitched in terms of richness and ripeness, showing depth and freshness. A hallmark of this great vintage. Aromas and flavors of red and dark cherries with floral and fresh, berry pastry notes. There’s a lot to like here. Drink or hold. - JamesSuckling.com Learn More
93 Points! The 2015 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Damodes 1er Cru has a magnificent, well-defined, pure bouquet of black cherry and wild strawberry with subtle cassis notes and impressive crushed stone scents tucked underneath the fruit. The dense palate is medium-bodied with lovely sapidity. Clearly a wine built for the long haul, yet undoubtedly shows the requisite tension and terroir expression. Superb. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting. - Neal Martin, Vinous Media