Vosne-Romanée 1er cru "Aux Brulées" Vieilles Vignes


A small vineyard (1/3 of a hectare), with southern exposure. Planted in the 1940s.

91-94 points
"(13.2% natural alcohol; 28 hectoliters per hectare produced in 2016; from a steep, mostly south-facing slope with good sun exposure but also a cooling influence from the combe to preserve acidity; from calcaire à chaille with no clay): Bright dark red. A step up in complexity on the nose from the foregoing wines, boasting a compelling perfume of raspberry, cranberry, licorice, menthol and rose petal. At once silky and cutting, offering a captivating combination of textural thickness and penetrating flavors of crushed red berries and stone. A terrific sappy fruit bomb with serious mineral tautness and grip. Finishes very long, with a fine dusting of tannins. The distinctive hot-cold balance of this site allows it to benefit from either cold or warm years, according to Clavelier."
Stephen Tanzer,
, November 2018
90-93 points
"An exuberantly spicy and floral-suffused nose is composed mostly of various red berry aromas and a hint of Asian-style tea. There is a more sophisticated and finer mouthfeel to the medium-bodied flavors that are notably stonier and particularly so on the powerful, focused and sneaky long finish. The whole cluster vinification is evident and it's clear that this very firm effort is going to require extended cellaring."
Allen Meadows,
, January 2018
93-95 points
"The 2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Brûlées Vieilles Vignes comes from vines planted just after the Second World War. It has a potent bouquet with a mixture of black and red fruit, a slight tinniness suggesting a touch of reduction at the moment, yet it is still very well defined and focused. The palate is well balanced with tannins that gently but insistently grip the mouth. It is deceptively approachable on the entry, the structure more perceptible toward the mineral-rich finish. It does not possess the persistence of say, a Les Suchots or Malconsorts, but this is more concerned with precision and tension. What a great wine from Bruno."
Neal Martin,
Wine Advocate
, December 2017
95 points
"A thread of sweet, ripe cherry, currant and wild blueberry fruit courses through this elegant, racy red. Mineral and spice notes add interest, gaining plenty of support from the solid structure. Balanced and assertive, building to a long, fruit-, spice- and mineral-tinged finish. Best from 2023 through 2043. "
Bruce Sanderson,
Wine Spectator
, November 2019

Product Line: 
Pinot Noir
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