Wine of the Day December 23, 2013

2011Ragot2011 Domaine Ragot, Givry 1er “Clos Jus” Red Burgundy, France.
This pretty and well crafted Pinot Noir from Domaine Ragot shows good ripe flavors, balancing acidity, earth, spice and mineral tones, making for a poised Burgundy that will excite the purists and interest the novice. A small artisan estate, Domaine Ragot is a new discovery from Charles Neal Imports and is worth giving a look for if you want a well crafted wine at a fair price. The 2011 Givry Premier Cru Clos Jus starts with chalky mineral, dried currants, plum and cranberry, but opens to reveal a solid cherry cherry core of fruit, a hint of smoke, wild strawberry, wet earth, black tea and a herbal/floral tanginess. This bright and austere Burgundy is still firm and focused, and should be given a bit more time to fully fill out, drink 2014 to 2018. I’ve had this wine on four occasions and even poured it for huge crowd of people, it was much more a hit than I would have imagined, proving I can be a bit too critical at times, this is a fine and enjoyable effort that shows that subtle poise can be rewarding, this wine also perks up with food, salmon and or duck would be great pairing choices, this wine would be a savvy choice on the wine list no question.
($36 Est.) 91 Points, grapelive

 

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