2018 Beaune, Les Cents Vignes, 1er Cru, Domaine des Croix, Burgundy

2018 Beaune, Les Cents Vignes, 1er Cru, Domaine des Croix, Burgundy

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2018 Beaune, Les Cents Vignes, 1er Cru, Domaine des Croix, Burgundy

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This is an early-ripening site on alluvial soil, with gravel over clay. David uses a lot of stems (45%) to give some grip to a wine that could be too supple. It has succulent perfume and a nice twist of gentle discipline at the end. Drink 2021-2026.
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Neal Martin, Vinous91-93/100
The Wine Advocate93/100
Neal Martin, Vinous91-93/100

The 2018 Beaune Les Cents Vignes 1er Cru contains 40% whole bunch with just 10% new oak. This has a pure, joyful bouquet of vibrant red cherries and crushed strawberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, very saline in the mouth and showing wonderful control and composure toward the mineral-rich finish. A great Beaune from David Croix.

Drink 2022 - 2038

Neal Martin, vinous.com (Nov 2019) Read more

The Wine Advocate93/100

The 2018 Beaune 1er Cru Les Cents Vignes is performing brilliantly, bursting with aromas of blood orange, peonies, wild berries and spices. Medium to full-bodied, satiny and layered, with an ample core of fruit, velvety tannins and lively acids, it concludes with a long and sapid finish.

Drink 2023 - 2043

William Kelley, Wine Advocate (Oct 2020) Read more

About this WINE

Domaine des Croix

Domaine des Croix

The former Domaine Duchet in Beaune has been bought by American Roger Forbes and his co-investors, and entrusted to the care of David Croix, the gifted winemaker for Camille Giroud. David, the emerging talent of the year according to Bourgogne Aujourd'hui magazine (issue no. 73) is in complete charge at the domaine, which has been renamed Domaine des Croix. The first vintage, 2005, comprised Corton-Charlemagne, Bourgogne Rouge, Beaune and various Beaune premiers crus from Pertuisots, Cent Vignes, Bressandes and Grèves. The vineyards have been farmed organically since 2008. From 2009 there will be Aloxe-Corton and Corton Grèves.

Jasper Morris MW, Burgundy Wine Director and author of the award-winning Inside Burgundy comprehensive handbook.

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Beaune

Beaune

The wines of Beaune are usually on the lighter side, especially if from the flatter vineyards on the Pommard side, or the sandier soils towards Savigny. The sturdiest wines with the greatest depth of flavour come from the steeper slopes overlooking the town itself.

The Hospices de Beaune charity auction on the third Sunday in November is one of the highlights of the year. The Hospices building, known as l'Hôtel-Dieu, is well worth visiting. Beaune is also home to several of the region’s best known merchants such as Maisons Louis Jadot and Joseph Drouhin.
  • 128 hectares of village Beaune and 52 hectares of Côte de Beaune
  • 322 hectares of Premier Cru vineyards. The finest vineyards include Les Grèves, Clos des Mouches
  • Recommended producers:  Germain, Devevey, Domaine des Croix, JadotDrouhinCamille Giroud.
  • Recommended restaurants: Ma Cuisine (not least for the wine list), Le Conty

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Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

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