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2005 Nicolas Potel Clos de la Roche

Light label condition issue

Removed from protected passive storage in a temperature controlled home; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

Removed from protected passive storage in a temperature controlled home; Purchased upon release; Consignor is original owner

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RATINGS

95-96The Wine Advocate

Smells sweetly of cherry liqueur, blond tobacco, honey and iris. Explosively intense in the mouth, with sappy, sweet cherry, quarry dust, tobacco, pungent flowers, citrus zest, it finishes with almost indelible sweetness and complexity.

92-94Burghound.com

A flat out gorgeous nose features violets, red pinot fruit and black berry notes... rich, full and sweet flavors that possess unusually good detail, all wrapped in a powerful, deep and exceptionally long finish.

91-94Stephen Tanzer

Explosive, perfumed nose offers kirsch, licorice and faded flowers. Sappy and sweet but nicely delineated and quite backward, with a fine-grained texture and superb inner-palate energy. Best today on the resounding finish.

PRODUCER

Nicolas Potel

Maison Nicolas Potel is a negociant started in Burgundy in the late 1990s by Nicolas Potel, son of the legendary winemaker Gerard Potel, who founded Domaine de la Pousse d’Or in Volnay. After Gerard’s death in 1997 Nicolas started the negociant business, but a falling out with his business partners in 2009 forced him out of the business that still bears his name. The company is now owned and operated by the brothers Louis and Armand Cottin of Maison Laboure-Roi, a nearly two-hundred year old Burgundy negociant. Nicolas Potel has had no connection with Maison Nicolas Potel since 2009. The Maison offers a large portfolio of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and other Burgundies.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits, Morey-St.-Denis, Clos de la Roche

Clos de la Roche is a 41-acre Grand Cru vineyard in the Morey St.-Denis appellation in the Cotes de Nuits, in northern Burgundy. The tiny village of Morey St.-Denis is just south of Gevrey-Chambertin and Clos de Roche is considered the appellation’s most superior Grand Cru. The vineyard’s elevation ranges from 270 to 300 meters, and its soil is extremely rocky with excellent drainage. The soil is largely limestone, and in some places it is barely a foot deep. Writer Clive Coates calls Clos de Roche “the classiest of the Morey Grand Crus.” The largest landholders are Ponsot with 8.35 acres; Dujac, 4.88 acres; and Armand Rousseau, 3.7 acres.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, Grand 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.