2013 1er Cru Reversées Domaine Nicolas Rossignol
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An elegant and very pretty nose mixes notes of red and dark currant, plum, violet and earth aromas. Once again there is fine mid-palate density and focused power to the relatively refined middle weight flavors that do exhibit a hint of rusticity on the palate coating finish that also delivers very good depth and persistence. 2021+ Rating: 89-91 Allen Meadows, www.Burghound.com (Apr 2015)
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(moderate hail damage here; 100% vendange entier): Very deep ruby-red. Aromas of blackberry, black raspberry, black cherry and minerals show an almost liqueur-like ripeness. Dense and thick but vibrant too, with its slightly roasted black fruit flavors showing good precision and inner-mouth energy. Spreads out nicely on the back end, finishing with a note of maraschino cherry and nicely buffered tannins. Made from tiny concentrated grapes that always yield a dense, black-fruit style, according to Rossignol. Drinking range: 2019 - 2027 Rating: 89-92 Stephen Tanzer, www.vinousmedia.com (Jan 2015)
The 2013 Beaune 1er Cru les Reversées has a very pure bouquet with blackberry and boysenberry notes with satisfactory detail. The palate is medium-bodied with a sweet core of black fruit, perhaps just a little too smooth in texture for my liking. I would just like to see a little more edginess come through in 2015 (since 2014 will be blended as a premier cru due to hail damage.) Drinking range: 2017 - 2022 Rating: 87-89 Neal Martin, www.robertparker.com (Dec 2014)
Nicolas’s vines are up-slope, unlike Thomas Bouley’s, and are on more lime stone. Full ripe and expressive aroma; juicy and rounded and full, but a bit lacking mid palate. The tannins come in towards the end of the palate, a bit herbal sappy. There is more energy and tension than the Clos-des-Mouches. Rating: 16 Sarah Marsh MW, The Burgundy Briefing (Nov 2014)
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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