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Red Burgundy - 2007 - Clos Saint Denis - Dujac

  • Region: Red Burgundy
  • Producer: Dujac
  • Vintage: 2007
  • Rating: 92
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Tasting Notes

Domaine Dujac
Clos St.-Denis
Grand Cru Red 750 ml
Score: 92
Tasted: Jan 30, 2010
Drink: 2017+
Issue: 37
Note: from a 1.48 ha parcel
Producer note: Jacques Seysses described the 2007 vintage as having a "very early flowering with good early season weather that was unfortunately largely undone by a poor and wet summer. The second half of August however was very fine and we began picking on September 1st. It was necessary to do a severe sorting and as a result, we had a very small harvest. Sugars ranged from 12 to 13% but we had reasonably good phenolic ripeness thanks mainly to all of the old vines that we now have. In fact, I would go so far as to say that old vines were probably the most important qualitative determinant outside of the basic requirements of doing good vineyard work, proper sorting, etc. Destemming ranged from 0 to 30% so all the wines have a good percentage of stems in them. In terms of vinification, we did out best to preserve the natural elegance and finesse of the vintage. Overall, the vintage reminds me of 2000, which gave generous, ripe and round wines meant for early to mid-term drinking." I think consumers will like them very much, just as consumers have praised the 2000s." The Dujac 2007s are very much representative of the vintage as a whole, which is to say that it strongly favored old vines and the best expositions and while it's true that the grands crus virtually always produce the best wines, it is especially true in 2007. As to the Dujac 2006s, they have turned out to be lovely wines that are a bit riper if not quite as elegant as their 2007 counterparts. (Wilson-Daniels Ltd., St. Helena, CA and Chambers & Chambers, San Francisco, CA for southern California; Morris & Verdin, O.W. Loeb, Howard Ripley, Uncorked Ltd, Flint Wines and Lay & Wheeler, UK).
Tasting note: An overtly floral and herbal nose is laced with earthy and solidly ripe red and spicy black pinot fruit that complements rich, full and moderately concentrated flavors that are delicious, intense, palate staining and dusty on the admirably long finish. A wine of finesse, understatement and class if not raw power and muscle. A lovely and very pure example of the vineyard that could be approached now with 30 to 60 minutes of air.