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Domaine Patrice Rion "Clos des Argillières" Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2008 (Nuits-St.-Georges, Burgundy, France) - Burghound [88-91]
Domaine Patrice Rion "Clos des Argillières" Nuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru 2008 (Nuits-St.-Georges, Burgundy, France) - Burghound [88-91]


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Winery: Domaine Patrice Rion
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Region: Nuits-St.-Georges, Burgundy, France
Vintage: 2008
Bottle Size: 750 ml


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About This Wine:

Wines from Nuits-St-Georges are intense, deep red, almost purple, with powerful and complex aromas of  herries, blackcurrants, fur, truffles and spice. Among the most tannic of Burgundy's wines, the harmony of ripe tannin and fruit produces big, round, solid, masculine wines.

Grape Variety : Pinot noir
Alcoholic content : 13°
Cases produced : 350
Soil : Argilo-calcaire
Aging : Argileous limestone
Vine age : 50 years
Vineyard Location : On the slope in Premeaux, just above the winery
Characteristics : This 1er Cru is characterized by finesse, elegance and powerful tannins, and is easily recognizable by its fruity nose of black cherries and blackberries. Round, supple and with a long finish, the ripe tannins and depth of fruit produce a wine capable of drinking young, yet which will improve with cellaring.
Storage and aging : Keep cool (around 12C) in a dark place with constant temperatures. Store the bottles on their sides, and serve around 17C. Best between 7-15 years old or older.
To drink with : Filet of beef, wild boar, venison.

Producer Notes:

Patrice Rion calls 2008 a vintage where "you had to be serious about your vineyard work. You had to treat when it was necessary, even if that meant working weekends. You had to keep your vines well aerated, yields down and drop damaged fruit right away. Interestingly, despite a relatively wet summer, here in Nuits it wasn't really all that bad. For some reason, 2008 is the third year in a row where we have had less rain than in either Beaune or Gevrey. I don't know why but it's curious all the same. We began picking on the 22nd of September and you had to sort very carefully as there was a lot of less than completely ripe fruit. Sugars were good if not high at an average of <12.5% and the phenolic were ripe so I did a normal vinification. Yields weren't very high though at 29 to 30 hl/ha and that includes the Bourgogne. Overall, I think people are going to like the '08s a lot because they are very terroir in character with excellent transparency."

About the Producer:

Patrice Rion has been making wine since 1977 at Domaine Daniel Rion. In 1990, he and his wife Michèle started on their own with 1 hectare and now their estate is 5.50 hectares encompassing multiple appellations. In 2000, Patrice started a negotiate business under S.A.R.L. Patrice Rion: he contracts with vineyards owners who have to agree to a vineyard maintenance with environmentally friendly farming practices in order the produce the best possible grapes. Their son, Maxime is in charge of these vineyards. Their wines are refined, elegant, and show the true character of the terroir, without overextraction and lots of new oak. Very seductive wine indeed. Don’t miss their Nuits St. Georges, “Les Terres Blanches”, a white wine full of character, so different from our Côtes de Beaune white appellations.

Ratings & Reviews

88-91 Points - Allen Meadows' Burghound:
"A very fresh and intensely earthy nose that is ripe, expressive and perfumed offers up a variety of red berry fruit aromas that complement well the detailed and slightly tangy middle weight flavors that possess good volume and punch on the pure and understated finish. Drink 2015+" (Jan 30, 2010)

91 Points - Wine Spectator Magazine (2007 vintage):
"Hints of animal and wild herbs highlight the black currant and blackberry flavors in this powerful red. Stern tannins and vibrant acidity suggest waiting a few years. Balanced and long. Best from 2013 through 2024. 5 cases imported." –BS (2010)

Robert Parker's Wine Advocate (2006 vintage):
"From their own slopes immediately above the winery, and representing the upper half of this appellation (and acreage formerly associated with Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils), the Rions' 2006 Nuits-Saint-Georges Clos des Argillieres integrates chalky, crushed stone notes that certainly remind one of the ground itself here, along with fine-grained tannins, into a ripely black-fruited, brown spice, and nut paste amalgam. This finishes sweetly and soothingly – if a bit low-key – and should be worth pursuing in bottle for the next 6-8 years." - David Schildknecht (Dec 2009)

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