Jean-Nicolas made two cuvées of Clos de Vougeot in 2017, but reverted to one in 2018. Fresh, charming and refined, the result is a supple, floral Pinot Noir that's almost good to drink straight out of the barrel, with aromatic cinnamon spice, fine tannins and very well-integrated 80% new wood. Not the most structured Grand Cru perhaps, but this is very sweet and engaging. (TA)
The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru is also showing very well, exhibiting aromas of sweet wild berries, dried flowers, woodsmoke, blood orange and rich soil tones. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, concentrated and muscular, with an ample chassis of fine tannins, good tension at the core and a long, youthfully chewy finish. (WK)
The Coravined sample of this was very discreet and the wine out of cask could not be any different, as this is one of the finest young vintages of Clos Vougeot I have tasted from the domaine in many, many years! The bouquet is youthful, but already beautifully delineated, delivering scents of black cherries, sweet dark berries, a complex base of soil, venison, woodsmoke, gentle spice tones redolent of fresh nutmeg and a beautiful foundation of new oak. On the palate the wine is deep, full-bodied and very refined in profile, with a sappy core, lovely soil inflection, ripe, buried tannins and impeccable balance on the long, vibrant and very promising finish.
Pure and juicy cherry, blackberry, violet and earth flavors fill the plush texture in this red. It's harmonious, with a hint of burning vine cuttings on the lingering finish. So lush and velvety it's approachable now, yet there is a solid grip underneath the ripe fruit. (BS)
An unusually spicy and appealingly fresh array is comprised by liqueur-like red berry fruit aromas, especially cherry, that are laced with notes earth, lavender and a whisper of exotic spice. There is a lovely sense of underlying tension to the rich, well-detailed and relatively sleek medium-bodied flavors that display focused power on the sneaky long and markedly firm finale.
The 2018 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru has a fragrant bouquet of crushed rose petals and briar infusing the airy red berry fruit. The palate is well balanced with pure red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit, a hint of dark chocolate and a finely proportioned, smooth finish. Very fine. (NM)
Fairly light nose – unexpectedly. Broad, sweet, ripe fruit. Flattering. Lots of impressive ripeness and density. Bright and sweet. 17.5/20 points. (JR)
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