93 Points - Wine Spectator
94 Insider Points
"A rich version, saturated with black cherry, blackberry, violet and iron aromas and flavors. This shows sweet fruit and remains impeccably balanced, extending through the long, vibrant finish. Best from 2016 through 2028. 60 cases imported".
Les Damodes Brings About the Best of the Burgs.
As some of you may know, we've been getting our beaks wet on a lot of tasty Burgundy this season. Get ready for another awesome release, Aurelian Verdet has done it again. While there are plenty of Pinots out there that can deliver excellent quality at various levels, Verdet has been a producer that continually blows me away. Just so with this vintage of Les Damodes. I highly recommend this for any Burg collector, or for those who are looking to start. This wine is in it's drinking window, but as our friends at Spectator say, can lay down for another good 10 years. If you feel so inclined, you might try a bottle now, and save another to open in the next few years. Take notes, come back and see what's changed! It's what wine collecting is all about.
94 Points - JZ March '18
- Ultimately, quality comes down to the winemaker, so let’s run through Aurelian Verdet’s credits real quick: he’s a young, very hands on winemaker, whose carrying on the legacy began by his father, one of the pioneers of organic viticulture. He works around the clock during harvest (which he does manually) and vinification (which is long--up to 30 days). The wine won 93 from Wine Spectator in 2011, 92 in 2012, and 93 again in 2013, which is pretty amazing given how variable Burgundy quality can be from vintage to vintage; they simply summed him up by saying he “knows what he is doing,” enough said. An absolutely fantastic vigneron.
- But of course, it helps that he’s making wine in the Cote d’Or, the most renowned region within Burgundy . . .
- And that the premier cru Damodes vineyard, at the top of the slope in the village of Nuit-St-George, lies close to the Vosne-Romanee appellation, the quality of which many believe rubs off into the Damodes grapes . . .
- And also that the Damodes vineyard itself is one of the largest premier cru vineyards in the village and has long been known for producing boldly rich yet subtly seductive wines that call out, equally, for both solo enjoyment and food accompaniment . . .
- Which is even more enticing considering the fact that while the wine is superb now, Aurelian also designed it to lay down for the next 10 years or so, in case you were thinking of stocking up (which you will be thinking, once you try it).
From Pinot Noir paradise and one of the largest 1er Cru vineyards in Nuits-Saint-Georges, this Les Damodes has quickly become one of our favorite Burgundy’s to enjoy right now. Somehow it craves holiday feasts more than we do and is just begging to sit on your dinner table, thoroughly rich and exuberant. Wine Spectator awarded it 93 points calling it “impeccably balanced, extending through the long, vibrant finish.”
Although our Tasting Panel can’t stop raving about this Burgundy’s present drinkability, and we are talking right this minute satisfaction, don’t miss its potential to age as well. An easy ten years lies ahead of this bottle due to its complex and weighty structure that continues to deliciously develop.
Personally sourced by invino Founder & unequivocal Burghound, Tony Westfall, this wine was secured for its exceptional quality and unprecedented value.
Deserving of its Burgundian class and neighbor status to some of the world's most sought-after producers (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Henri Jayer, and Domaine Armand Rousseau to name a few), this wine wonderfully showcases the grandeur of this historic wine region.
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Alain Verdet, Aurelien’s father and a fellow Burgundian winemaker, was a true pioneer of organic viticulture and oenology in this part of France. Alain passed his winemaking philosophy along with the family’s small but propitious vineyard holdings to his son, as is traditional in Burgundy. And all those decades of sustainable farming practices continue to pay off.