Robert Parker 90+
Tasted blind at the annual “Burgfest” tasting in Beaune. The 2012 Nuits St Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains has a very lifted bouquet with cranberry and wild strawberry aromas shooting from the glass, very focused and perhaps more citric than Thibault Liger-Belair’s Vaucrains 2012. The palate is medium-bodied with supple ripe tannins, plenty of red cherry and strawberry fruit, slightly metallic and spicy towards the finish that tapers in slightly and leaves you wanting more. There is good tension here but it needs to develop more flesh and depth and if it does it will certainly merit a higher score.
Anticipated maturity: 2018-2032
Red-ruby. Superripe, liqueur-like aromas of dark cherry, menthol, mocha, chocolate and earth; today the fruit is in the background. A major mouthful of very rich dark berry and spice flavors but this huge, deep, very ripe wine is totally unevolved today. The tannins are substantial but even and the slowly mounting finish saturates the palate. But I can see this big boy needing a long time to lose some of its baby fat and come into focus.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2034