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Clos Vougeot Louis Jadot 2012 (3L)
93 Points, Neal Martin, Robert Parker's Wine Advocate: "Tasted blind at the annual "Burgfest" tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru from Louis Jadot has a lifted, licorice-tinged bouquet with plenty of guts to it. There aromatics do not hold back. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannin, dense black fruit with a structured finish that does not quite deliver the complexity the aromatics suggest at first, but with aeration, manifests subtle nuances and fine mineralité. This is a great success for winemaker Frédéric Barnier and his team." 10/15
93-95 Points, Antonio Galloni, Vinous: "The 2012 Clos Vougeot is one of the most impressive of the Grand Crus I tasted at Jadot this year. Powerful, rich and layered, the 2012 has more than enough fruit to balance the tannins. Dark red fruit, scorched earth, chalk and iron are all layered into the supple, racy finish. This is a surprisingly finessed Clos Vougeot. Hints of rose petal and mint add lift on the close. There is so much to admire here." 1/14
92+ Points, Stephen Tanzer, Vinous: "Full red. Perfumed aromas of ripe red berries, red cherry, licorice pastille and flowers. Sappy, savory and a bit youthfully clenched and four-square on the palate, showing a rather austere, medicinal character accentuated by a slightly herbal peppery quality. Today the fruit is kept under wraps by the wine's firm spine of acids and tannins. Revealed a note of maraschino cherry with 48 hours in the recorked bottle but retained its menthol and licorice qualities. This will require patience." 03/15
93 Points, Allen Meadows, Burghound: "A brooding and almost completely inexpressive nose reveals the barest glimpses of dark berry fruit as it fights with the very prominent toasty wood. The round and very supple big-bodied flavors possess good mid-palate concentration as well as fine size, weight and power before terminating in a velvety, delicious and youthfully austere finish where the wood telegraphed by the nose reappears. This exceptionally primary effort will require long-term cellaring to be at its absolute peak. Note that I would not suggest this as a good candidate to enjoy young as the wood is presently annoying even though the density is such that my rating implicitly assumes that it will eventually be absorbed." 04/15 Issue #58