2014 David Duband, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Les Pruliers, Premier Cru Red Burgundy, France.
The absolutely spectacular David Duband NSG Les Pruliers is every bit as good as a Grand Cru twice, three or almost four times the price and proves once again that some of these Nuits-Saint-Georges Crus are stupidly underrated and in most cases under valued, asking the question, will they ever get Grand Cru status? Duband who recently took over some fantastic plots has crafted a gorgeous lineup of 2014 reds, with this Les Pruliers leading the way, even over the fine Echezeaux Grand Cru, plus bargain hunters will not want to miss David’s basic cubes either, these are exceptional and striking Burgundies with phenomenal layers, detail and dreamy length, they have a beautiful lightness, even though they show the vintages strengths of richness and texture. The Pruliers shows it’s terroir class and has earthy depths with stunning mineral, purity of fruit and subtle perfume, think Gouges meets Rousseau! Layers of briar, spices, rose petals, chalky/dusty stones, cured meat, anise and kirsch back up a core of Pinot fruit with black cherry, forest berry, plum and cranberry as well as firm tea notes, iron, saline, liquid violets and lingering strawberry/blueberry. This is young vibrant and powerful Burgundy, though refined and elegant, it has huge potential and will be a treasure in the cellar, while rewarding even now, best to be patient and let this stuff develop over the next decade. David Duband, imported by The Source, is a producer to discover, in particular don’t miss these 2014’s, on reflection, I am surprised these are still available!
($99 Est.) 96 Points, grapelive

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