2012 Pierre Gelin Fixin 1er Cru "Clos Napoléon" SKU #1203603


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  • Ryan Woodhouse
    By: Ryan Woodhouse
    K&L Staff Member
    Sharing a similar purity and vibrancy with Gelin's delicious Fixin village wine, the Clos Napoleon is more structured with fine chalky tannins and has more tension to the tart acidity and crunchy red fruits. Hard ground spices and bay leaf add complexity. Great intensity while remaining light footed. The is a minerality here that is quite profound. I can see why this site has been long admired in Burgundy. Gelin's current vines are 50 yrs of age and really convey a powerful sense of place.
    Drink from 2018 to 2028
  • Gary Westby
    By: Gary Westby
    K&L Staff Member
    This site was considered one of the top flight premier crus in Burgundy 150 years ago, and with Domaine Pierre Gelin's excellent work in the vineyard, it is rocketing back to prominence. While it might seem expensive for Fixin, it is a great deal for the wine inside. In another 5 years, we'll be talking about the good old days when the Napoleon was affordable--mark my words! This is broad shouldered, powerful, tannic Burgundy that is fit for an emperor, but best for the cellar. Although the 2012 vintage has given it the fat to make it approachable now with food and a long airing in the decanter, this fantastically long and complex 1er cru will be much better in a few years.


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