2010 Thibault Liger-Belair Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les St. Georges" 12-Pack (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1413652 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2010 Nuits St. Georges Les St. Georges is utterly captivating. Layers of exotic fruit literally burst from the glass. Mint, graphite, freshly cut flowers and spices develop in the glass, adding considerable depth and nuance. I especially like the way the fruit builds towards the huge, powerful finish. This is a dazzling effort. Even more importantly, it makes a compelling case for the upgrading of Les St. Georges to Grand Cru status. Anticipated maturity: 2025-2045. I was deeply impressed with the wines I tasted with Thibault Liger-Belair. Thibault's core holdings are the remaining vestiges of his family's portion of the original Liger-Belair estate that was sold in the early 1930s. In recent years, Liger-Belair has added a few negociant wines to augment his range. Thibault Liger-Belair is the largest owner of the Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les St. Georges and the leading proponent of the movement to have the vineyard classified as a Grand Cru. (AG)  (2/2012)

93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 *Outstanding* A beautifully complex nose offers up notes of red currant, blue pinot fruit, plum and plenty of pungent earth nuances. The velvety yet strikingly intense flavors brim with sap that renders the mid-palate more approachable though it's quite clear from the very firm and robust finish that this is going to require plenty of cellar time before it arrives at its apogee. Noteworthy quality here in a built-to-age package. Drink 2025+.  (1/2013)

93 points Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar

 Good bright, deep red. Aromas of raspberry, crushed stone, pepper, licorice and pungent oak; this smells sweet! Superconcentrated and large-scaled, with outstanding density to the black cherry, bitter chocolate and rocky flavors. Very ripe but a bit disjointed and inscrutable today owing to its sheer intensity and tautness. Finishes with toothcoating tannins and a mentholated aspect. I'd forget about this one for at least seven or eight years, at which point my score may well look overly conservative. 93(+?) points.  (3/2013)

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Varietal:

Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.
Country:

France

- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.
Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north.
Specific Appellation:

Nuits Saint Georges

- A long, narrow appellation, and the southernmost commune of importance in the Côtes de Nuits. Nuits St. Georges tend to be sturdy, muscular wines, which are tannic in their youth. There are no Grands Cru in the town, but several Premier Cru vineyards. The wines from the north side of the village, towards Vosne-Romanée are distinctly different in character than those from the southern vineyards. The vineyards traditionally among the best are in the South, including Cailles, Vaucrains, St. Georges, and Argillières. These vineyards are on deep brown limestone. The northern vineyards, on the other side of the river Meuzin, have more in common with those of Vosne Romanée. The vineyards are composed of pebbles and limestone, and the wines have more of the finesse and elegance of Vosne, but with the structure of Nuits St. Georges.