This is the result when black-fruited Nuits drinks a love potion—muscle turns into silk, and structure melts into supple fruit. We have never had as seductive a Nuits as this one, and dare you to disagree. But it is, heart and soul, a perfect Nuits—notes of crème de cassis and strawberry syrup dominate the nose, while a flood of black cherries and creamy blackberries round out the middle. Wonderfully textured and very complete—it’s what we’d want on our table tonight. The “Aux Saint Julien” vineyard sits atop the ruins of a monastery and chapel to St. Julien of Auvergne. It's said that the ruins (and perhaps the bones of the monks left behind) hold mystical curative powers.
2007 Daniel Bocquenet red Burgundy
One cannot rush Daniel Bocquenet. Every year we visit this petite
domaine, with its three perfect crus (his “children,” says Daniel) we
wish we could fast-forward time just a tad. But there is no pushing
perfection, and certainly, the best of the best is always worth the
wait—but finally these bountiful Burgundies have hit our shores.
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“Here the nose is a bit riper and certainly more serious with a
different nuance of earthiness that is almost animale in character with
more mid-palate concentration that confers a certain power to the
flavors that is unusual for what is for the most part an elegant
vintage, all wrapped in a sappy and lengthy finish. This is very Nuits
though not unduly rustic, especially for a villages.” — Burghound