2012 Beaune Teurons Rossignol-Trapet

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Average critic rating : 88.25 points



Reduction once again renders the nose unreadable. By contrast there is a lovely sense of freshness and verve to the softly mineral-inflected medium weight flavors that possess good length on the firmly structured and moderately austere finish. Like the old vines Gevrey, this reflects well its origins as it's very Teurons. Tasted: Jan 15, 2014. Drink: 2020+



The 2012 Beaune 1er Cru Les Teurons has a generous bouquet with well-defined raspberry and crushed strawberry aromas with nicely integrated oak. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, quite compact in the mouth with a sinewy finish that should open by the time of bottling. Fine. ||I remember visiting Domaine Rossignol-Trapet on my very first foray into Burgundy in 1997 and having followed their wines closely ever since, it was good to return, albeit briefly, to taste through their 2012s. During that period, the biggest change has been David and Nicolas Rossignol’s conversion to biodynamics in 2004, a process that was being trialed during that first visit. They told me that they have fine-tuned their vinification in accordance, for example, using less pigeage than they once did, and this has resulted in a finer, more nuanced set of wines in recent years. Here, the harvest commenced on 27 September and finished on 4 October. Hail reduced their Beaune vineyards’ production by around 20% and their older vines suffered millerandage, though they found that the premier crus held up fine. I have always felt that their wines are a little under-rated by cognoscenti. While over the road, Denis Bachelet has perhaps unintentionally propagated a zealous, almost feverish following for his wines, Rossignol-Trapet perhaps has a more commercial bent and that used to be reflected in their good, but rarely great wines. Yet in the last three or vintages, so they have fine-tuned their style: ratcheted up a few levels towards, if not equal to that of Denis Bachelet and the village’s top tier of producers. Time to give these fine wines another look if you have not done so recently. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013


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