Vosne-Romanée "Combe Brûlée" Vieilles Vignes

2016

From a half-hectare parcel facing south, with a flinty milieu; the vines date back to the 1930's. Hot days and cool nights give the wine fine balance and acidity. Total production: 2,200 bottles.

88-90 points
"Bright medium red. Nose dominated by raspberry and pungent gunflinty calcaire. A step up in intensity from the Hauts de Beaux Monts (there's no clay in this soil) but tighter and more saline in the middle palate, offering hints of flowers and olive along with noteworthy mineral tension. Finishes sapid and long. Clavelier uses cordon de royat pruning for these very old vines and because they bud later he was able to keep a bit more crop. Still, there was a good bit of millerandage and production was just 17 hectoliters per hectare."
Stephen Tanzer,
Vinous
, January 2018
89-91 points
"The aromatic profile is similar though with more evident floral influences. There is a bit more size, weight and richness if slightly less minerality on the medium weight flavors that deliver fine length on the naturally sweet and persistent finish. While firm enough to reward mid-term cellaring, this should also be approachable young if that's your preference."
Allen Meadows,
Burghound
, January 2018

SKU/Code: 
DB3447-16
Product Line: 
Red
Varietal: 
Pinot Noir
Farming Type: 
Biodynamic