Domaine Dujac Clos St Denis 2014
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Dujac is known for a steadfast commitment to exuding the unique terroir of Burgundy. Jacques Seysses regularly employs interns from around the world as he is highly receptive to the exchange of winegrowing and winemaking ideas. Jacques' spouse, Rosalind is an American. Their son, Jeremy, is married to American Diana Snowden Seysses, who grew up in the Napa Valley, studied enology at the University of California at Davis, and interned at wineries in California and France. She met Jeremy while they were both working at Robert Mondavi Winery in 1998. Now she is the enologist and cellarmaster for Dujac. Jeremy grew up in Morey-St.-Denis but spent time in California and was educated in England as well as Dijon. Since 1986, the Domaine has pursued a green approach to viticulture and much of the Domaine's vineyards are farmed organically and biodynamically. The Domaine owns about 37 acres primarily premier cru and grand cru vineyards.
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VinousBright ruby-red. Subtle perfume of raspberry, red cherry, rose petal and flinty minerality. Silky on entry, then less sweet and more soil-driven in the mid-palate than the Clos de la Roche. But this impeccably balanced wine boasts an insidiously tactile mouth feel and opens out spectacularly on the back end. Finishes wonderfully juicy and suave, with noble tannins and a sneaky whiplash of flavor. I'd love to try this wine next to the Clos de la Roche again in ten years. 93-95 Drink 2017-2029
BurghoundA completely different aromatic profile is present here with its notably more elegant and expressive nose of various floral elements that include lavender and rose petal along with various spice and red berry fruit scents. There is a terrific sense of underlying tension to the precise, racy and focused middle weight flavors that are notably finer than those of the Clos de la Roche but at the cost of being notably less powerful. I very much like the superb persistence and fine balance and even though the tannins are quite fine they are also notably dense and as such this too is absolutely going to require plenty of patience. 93-95
Wine AdvocateThe 2014 Clos Saint-Denis Grand Cru has a very refined bouquet with black cherries, boysenberry, a touch of graphite and a touch of sous-bois. The palate is medium-bodied with a crisp acidity, chalky tannin, very tight at the moment, much more saline than the Echézeaux with a brisk finish that just needs to flesh out. This was the one Grand Cru that did not quite meet my expectations, a surprise as it's one of my favourites from Dujac. Perhaps it was just toying with me and will rise phoenix-like in bottle?