Patrice Rion Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2018  Front Label
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Patrice Rion Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillieres Premier Cru 2018

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750ML / 13.5% ABV
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750ML / 13.5% ABV

Winemaker Notes

The wine is dark and purple. Blackberries dominate the nose, along with blackcurrants and blueberries. There is a more savage side exhibited in the notes of juniper and hawthorn. Even if in youth the nose is discreet, its class is always evident. Concentrated and deep, but with elegance primordial. The tannins are fine, but a certain firmness holds place. A welcome minerality supports the finish

Its elegant structure marries well with dishes such as saddle of lamb, rib steaks or duck breasts.

Critical Acclaim

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JM 94
Jasper Morris
Pink limestone with 40 to 50cm of clay on top. Medium deep color, bright fruit up front, clean and clear though there may be the slightest touch of savory dry post hail character on the palate. The fruit is already covering it though. Clean and focused.
Range: 91-94
BH 92
Burghound.com
This too is deftly oaked with aromas of wild red berries, newly turned earth, forest floor and a hint of game. There is outstanding richness to the overtly powerful, concentrated and mouthcoating flavors that conclude in a youthfully austere, backward and lengthy if mildly warm finish.
Barrel Sample: 90-92
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Patrice Rion
Domaine Michele et Patrice Rion, France
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Patrice Rion and his wife Michèle began their own small domaine in 1990 while Patrice continued as winemaker at the family domaine. They enlarged in 2000 when Patrice left Domaine Daniel Rion and built his own winery and cellar. Patrice and Michele’s son Maxime joined the family business in 2005 after completing oenology studies in Dijon.

The domaine currently farms 15 acres focused in the Nuits Saint Georges and Chambolle-Musigny appellations, and works with growers in other 1er Cru vineyards in the Côte de Nuits. The approach to viticulture in all vineyards is rigorous with vines that are pruned short and bud selection kept very low. The vineyards are farmed without herbicide, preferring to plow and hoe as a way to control weeds.

Patrice and Maxime do not believe that the “maximum” is the “optimum,” particularly when it comes to extracting phenolics, tannins, and color. Instead, you will find wines that maintain the freshness and minerality of Burgundian Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Patrice is known for “very pure, harmonious wines, skilfully vinified,” according to Jasper Morris, MW.

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Nuits-St-Georges Wine

Cote de Nuits, Burgundy

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Inhabiting the bottom end of the northern half of the Côte d’Or, Nuits-St-Georges is a busy, market-driven town and home to many of Burgundy’s negociants. It is also the largest town in the Côte d’Or after Beaune and contributes "nuits" to the name of Côte de Nuits (i.e., the northern half of the Côte d’Or).

The appellation itself is divided into two parts, where in the north it directly borders Vosne-Romanée, the southerly end is the commune of Prémeaux. There are no Grands Crus in this village, though it does have a large number of Premiers Crus.

The best Nuits-St-Georges Pinot Noir are layered with cherry, plum, underbrush and sandalwood. The fruit is sweet, the wine energetic, and the finish long and lush.

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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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