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Domaine Gérard Raphet, Clos de la Roche Grand CruCôte de Nuits, Burgundy, France, 2018 (750mL)

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Domaine Gérard Raphet, Clos de la Roche Grand Cru Côte de Nuits, Burgundy, France, 2018 (750mL)

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“Perched in the northern stretch of Morey-Saint-Denis, “Clos de la Roche” is arguably the greatest Grand Cru of the village. This hallowed site produces luxurious Pinot Noirs, and Raphet’s 2018 may be the most opulent, ready-to-drink expression I’ve ever found.”

When talking about famed “Clos de la Roche,” Burgundy guru Clive Coates once penned “It is the biggest and classiest of the Morey Grand Crus. But the structure has an inherent lushness to it.” It’s as if he was speaking specifically about Gérard Raphet’s limited 2018 release. Today’s splendid beast is among the richest, most hedonistic Grand Cru Burgundies we’ve ever had, so let us be very clear: If you’re partial to young Corton and Chambertin, this wine is not for you! The staggering opulence and accessibility of this Pinot Noir is matched by none in recent memory.

One thing we’ve noticed about Raphet’s upper-tier 2018s is that they are tantalizingly accessible and opulent on release. That said, we don’t think 15-20 years of evolution is out of the question. Immediately after pulling the cork and pouring into Burgundy stems, a flurry of intoxicating aromas roar out of the glass—even without a decant. You’ll be wrapped in a warm embrace of black cherry and raspberry liqueur, black plum, candied violet, crushed rose, wild strawberry, red currant, licorice, forest floor, crushed stone, various baking spices, and an intense, overarching perfume that will only deepen with more years in the cellar. The palate is full-bodied—there’s no arguing otherwise—and unfolds with dense, concentrated layers of dark berry liqueur and crushed minerals. Even with such a luxurious, palate-coating mouthfeel, it never loses sight of its blue-blooded Burgundian identity. 

  • CountryFrance
  • RegionCôte de Nuits, Burgundy
  • Sub-RegionClos de la Roche Grand Cru
  • SoilLimestone & Clay
  • FarmingSustainable
  • BlendPinot Noir
  • Alcohol14.5%
  • OakMostly Neutral French Barrels
  • Temp.Serve at 60° F
  • GlasswareLarge Burgundy Stems
  • DrinkingNow-2028
  • Decanting15-30 Minutes
  • PairingBeef Bourguignon

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