Thursday, October 27, 2011
2009 Gerard Raphet Morey-Saint-Denis
"This outstanding older-vine blend is always one of our favorites from Raphet; not only does it sum up everything we love about this often-overlooked yet outstanding Cote de Nuits village but also it has proven again and again a treasure for the cellar—there have been many times where this “village” wine has outshone many a grand cru. The pleasure parallels between 2009 and 1990 are very evident here; the depth of this wine is just phenomenal. Blackberry syrup and chocolate dust, crushed cumin seeds and licorice seduce on the nose; the mouth is sweet, long and stunningly pure, with beautiful tannins and length. One to treasure; just three barrels selected." - North Berkley Imports
On the nose I get beautiful aromas of coco powder, bing cherry, raspberry syrup, cumin, cinnamon toast, mineral, and wet soil. It's an intoxicating aroma profile that unfolds in the glass with grace and complex elegance. It has a perfume that is filling my whole office full of fruit and spice notes!
On the palate I get flavors of red raspberry, bing cherry, mineral, strawberry rhubarb, and spice. It's a wine with superb acidity, that cut through the palate and delivers a core of pure red fruit. This wine displays the essence of the varietal with a transparency that exhibits the beautiful fruit flavors and the essence of the soil were the vines are rooted. 93 points
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