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1996 Dominique Laurent Nuits St. Georges Les Vaucrains

Light capsule condition issue; lightly depressed cork; light signs of past seepage; 3.5 cm ullage

ITEM 8101051 - Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Bidder Amount Total
$105
Item Sold Amount Date
I8117589 1 $100 Feb 20, 2022
I8061990 1 $110 Jan 9, 2022
I8040643 1 $110 Dec 26, 2021
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RATINGS

91-93Stephen Tanzer

...aromas of dark berries and licorice. As concentrated as the Cailles,but far tougher in the mouth. Darker flavors of violet and black pepper.Powerfully structured and unevolved. Finishes drier and more tannic. Really stubbornly backward..

PRODUCER

Dominique Laurent

Dominique Laurent is a former pastry chef who started a small negociant business in Nuits-Saint-Georges, in Burgundy’s Cote d’Or, in the late 1980s. He produced his first vintages a few years later, and quickly developed a reputation for making very small quantities of excellent wine sourced from old vineyards. In 2006 Laurent made the leap from negociant to grower with the purchase of a few acres of vineyards. Today Domaine Laurent Pere et Fils owns 23 acres in Nuits-Saint-Georges. He is known for his extreme approach to “hands-off” winemaking, and for his habit of sometimes using “200% new oak,” meaning that one cuvee is sometimes transferred twice to new oak barrels. About 30,000 bottles are produced annually and his wines have earned cult status with some Burgundy collectors.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits, Nuits-St.-Georges, Les Vaucrains

Les Vaucrains is a 15.5-acre Premier Cru vineyard in Nuits-Saints-Georges, in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits. It is in the southern part of of the appellation. Because there are no Grand Cru vineyards in Nuits-Saints-Georges, the appellation’s considerable reputation rests on its excellent Premier Crus. Burgundy writer Clive Coates calls this vineyard part of the “greatest climat in Nuits-Saint-Georges.” The vineyard is 260 – 280 meters in elevation with rocky soil heavy with sand and clay. Coates calls Les Vaucrains “vigorous and rich and full-bodied.”

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, 1er (Premier) Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.