Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin 1er Cru Clos Napoleon 2019 - 750ml

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93pts Jasper Morris

The Clos Napoleon is in the form of terraces with one metre of clay at the bottom, but closer to the rock as you go up, hard to plant, but rewarding thereafter. Some brown and some white rock of compact Comblanchien limestone. Pretty purple in colour, the nose takes a while because it is not just straightforward red fruit. Pierre-Emannuel suggests that tobacco and liquorice are markers for Clos Napoleon and I can see the tobacco. Classy and quite juicy fruit behind.
Barrel Sample: 90-93

92pts Wine Spectator

Fresh and succulent, showing a silky texture laced with black cherry, blackberry, vanilla and toasty oak aromas and flavors. Almost seamless from beginning to end, with immediate charm and fine length. Drink now through 2030.

90pts Burghound

A complex nose also features ripe but cool notes of high-toned essence of red cherry with background nuances of herbal tea, wood and warm earth. There is fine vibrancy to the well-detailed medium weight flavors that exude a refreshing salinity on the youthfully austere and moderately firm finale. This too will need at least a few years of patience.

Winemaker Notes

The old vines of Clos Napoléon yield pure, well-balanced wine with high-toned notes of cherry, earth, and wood spice, combined with depth and length on the palate. This is one of the richer, more structured wines of the Fixin appellation.