2012 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
|Sub-district||Côte de Beaune|
100% destemmed. Black fruit, rich and ripe. Lots of structure and elegance. Punchy stuff. 'Blackberry and blueberry' observes Nico, is the character of this plot. L&S (Dec 2013)
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There is an appealing freshness to the pretty array of black currant, violet, spice and earth scents. There is outstanding richness, size, weight, concentration and power to the overtly muscular broad-shouldered flavors that exhibit an abundance of mouth coating dry extract that also buffers the very firm tannic spine on the hugely long finish. Compared to the typical standards of Beaune 1ers this is a massive example but since Reversées is a terroir that tends to do much better in ripe vintages and keeps extremely well, 2012 is a vintage to buy provided that you are prepared to wait because this is not a wine to drink young. 2024+ Rating: 90-93 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2014)
(100% destemmed; from vines between 30 and 35 years of age): Deep red with ruby highlights. Medicinal black cherry, bitter chocolate and espresso on the nose. Rich, dense and broad, showing a distinctly solid character to the tactile middle palate. Very ripe, chewy, strong Beaune wine with a firm structure for aging. And long on the finish. Rating: 90-92 Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar (Jan 2014)
The 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Reversees never contains whole cluster. It has a more introspective bouquet compared to the Clos des Mouches, perhaps a little more rustic. The palate is medium-bodied with sinewy tannins, a gentle but insistent grip and a touch of the sea informing the peppery finish. No, this might not be a wine of great breeding, but it is full of charm and personality. Rating: 89-91 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Jan 2014)
Rich and full with very ripe blackberry fruit; Warm blackberry pie aroma. Full, satin richness and juicy mid palate; sweet fruit which is concentrated and there is plenty of depth to the tannins. Juicy fresh lift at the end; it has a mineral bite on the finish…which is important here. Nicolas’s vines are up-slope unlike Thomas Bouley’s and are on more lime stone. From 2017. Rating: 17 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Dec 2013)
Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
Nicolas Rossignol is a new superstar in the village of Volnay, making deeply coloured flavourful wines from his own vines and from the fruit of the family vineyard, where the wines were in the past labelled 'Rossignol-Jeanniard'. He has now agreed with his family that he buys all the fruit, and so the wines are now labelled very similarly, either with or without the word 'domaine'.
Since these are all vineyards under his sole control thoughout the year, it really does not make any difference which is which. The character of each site shows through all the wines, but perhaps especially in the beautifully balanced Volnays, which incline to a very bright, transparent, incisive style. Sadly 2012, 2013 and now 2014 have all been hit hard by hail, so these wines are getting a bit rare - the volumes have been catastrophically down.
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