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2005 Domaine Bruno Clavelier Nuits Saint Georges Aux Cras Vieilles Vignes

Removed from a temperature and humidity controlled wine cellar

Ends Sunday, 7pm Pacific

RATINGS

91+ Stephen Tanzer

Dark red. Black cherry, menthol, licorice and flowers on the nose. Juicy, pure and penetrating if youthfully firm. There's a tight grain and excellent cut and lift to the flavors of maraschino cherry, spices, licorice and menthol.

90-92Burghound.com

The flavors are rich, detailed and robust but not rustic or aggressive with a subtle core of minerality that runs through this from nose to tail. This is an elegant Nuits yet there is ample force...there is depth and power plus finesse.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits Villages, Nuits-St.-Georges, Aux Cras

Aux Cras is a 7.5 acre Premier Cru vineyard in Nuits-Saints-Georges, in Burgundy’s Cote de Nuits. It is near the northern boundary of Nuits-Saints-Georges, at an average elevation of 270 meters. The soil is limestone and gravel. Some wine writers note that the wines from these northern Nuits-Saint-Georges vineyards have a hint of Vosne about them, since they are so close to the Vosne-Romanee appellation. Because there are no Grand Cru vineyards in Nuits-Saints-Georges, the appellation’s considerable reputation rests on its excellent Premier Crus.

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.