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2018 Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint Jacques

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RATINGS

94-96The Wine Advocate

...bursts from the glass with a stunning bouquet of orange rind, peonies, ripe wild berries, cassis, exotic spices and espresso roast, framed by a beautifully integrated application of new oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and multidimensional, with ripe acids, a deep and concentrated core and a long, sapid finish... ...beautifully balanced.

92-94Vinous / IWC

...precise, focused bouquet of red berry fruit laced with crushed chalk and earthy notes, becoming more "airy" with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with filigreed tannins, and more succulent than the Gevrey Premier Cru. A stark saltiness on the finish gives it tension and length. Superb.

91-93Burghound.com

...array of wonderfully fresh dark berry fruit aromas that are copiously laced with sauvage nuances. The sleek, intense and muscular middle weight plus flavors brim with a refreshing salinity that really comes up on the powerful, focused and youthfully austere finish. This is lovely though again, clearly built-to-age. (January 2020)

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits Villages, Gevrey-Chambertin, Lavaux-Saint-Jacques

Côte de Nuits is the northern part of the Côte d’Or and it includes the most famous vineyards and wine communes in the world. There are more Grand Cru appellations in the Côte de Nuits than anywhere else in Burgundy. Of the fourteen communes, or villages in the Côte de Nuits, six produce Grand Cru wines. They are Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Flagey-Échezeaux and Vosne-Romanee. Some of the vineyards within the Côte de Nuits are tiny, which adds to their prestige. The fabled Grand Cru vineyard La Romanee is barely two square acres. Altogether there are twenty-four Grand Cru vineyards. The region takes its name from the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Côtes de Nuits produces mostly reds from Pinot Noir, and the wines have been in demand for centuries. During the 18th century King Louis XIV’s physician recommended that for his health the king only drink wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges. Like most of Burgundy, the soils of the Côte de Nuit can vary greatly from one vineyard to another, though most are a base soil of limestone mixed with clay, gravel and sand.

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.