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Beaune 1er Cru “Clos du Roi” Reviews

Score: 95 | September 1, 2022 | Decanter World Wine Awards

An oaky, heady nose with loads of charm: black plums, black cherry, black tea, sage, gunflint. On the palate it makes a big impression, finishing with a dusting of velvety tannins. Youthful with lovely freshness.

Score: 93 | November 1, 2017 | Wine Enthusiast

Red-berry fruits dominate this already delicious wine. Allied with the acidity and the toasty wood aging, it is balanced while, of course, still young. It has potential, rich with tannins and with fine fruits. The wine is structured, needing time. 

Score: 91 | October 1, 2016 | Wine Enthusiast

This is a juicy wine, packed with red fruits. It has acidity along with an edge of tannins. The attractive fruitiness suggests the wine will develop quickly.  —R.V. 

Score: Gold | February 16, 2016 | Sakura Japan Women's Wine Awards 2016
Score: 88 | December 1, 2013 | Wine Enthusiast
). This is a ripe, soft and warmly fruity wine. It has red cherry and strawberry flavors that lend a feeling of richness and roundness in texture. The acidity provides structure to this wine, but it is developing fast and will be ready to drink in 2015.
Score: 89 | June 1, 2013 | Wine Spectator
Spicy, with hints of sandalwood and incense shading the cherry and currant flavors. This is balanced and dry, delivering firm, dusty tannins on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2030. 100 cases imported. –BS
Score: 87 | April 15, 2013 | Burghound
A ripe and distinctly earthy nose of pretty red pinot fruit leads to middle weight flavors that are very Beaune in style, which is to say round, supple and quite generous, all wrapped in a slightly fruity finish of acceptable depth and length. There is good mid-palate fat which confers a seductive texture onto the palate impression but this is without real distinction. Note that this could already be drunk with pleasure.
Score: 87 | April 1, 2013 | Wine & Spirits
Concentrated and velvety, this is a full-bodied pinot with warm, baked cherry flavors. It’s soft and round, ready for braised beef.
Score: 90 | March 1, 2013 | Stephen Tanzer's International Wine Cellar
Pale medium-red. Exotic, inviting scents of red cherry, orange zest, truffle and smoky underbrush. Fat, sweet and rich, with a rather animal, syrah-like quality to its dark fruit flavors. Not particularly delineated but there's plenty of substance here, and adequate energy. Finishes with a soft dusting of tannins. This is already fun to dirnk.
Score: 89 | November 30, 2012 | Wine Spectator
This red evokes black cherry, blackberry and violet aromas and flavors. There's a line of tannins for support, covered by the ample flesh. Drink now through 2020.
Score: 89 | November 1, 2012 | Wine Enthusiast
With its layers of wood and sweet fruit, this is both well textured and rich. It’s balanced with acidity, giving the wine a tighter edge while also emphasizing the ripe fruit. Keep for a year, but this can also be consumed now.
Score: 90 | October 1, 2012 | Wine & Spirits
A rich, plummy Beaune, this is filled with juicy sweetness in the middle, restricted by smoky tannins in the end. Those coffee-scented tannins remain tender and gentle, creating a mouthwatering finish that keeps you coming back for another sip.
Score: 88-89 | February 1, 2012 | The Wine Advocate
The 2010 Beaune Clos du Roi is gorgeous for its soft, round fruit and accessible personality. Sweet red cherries, crushed flowers and tobacco wrap around the delicate, somewhat fleeting finish. This is an excellent choice for drinking over the next few years. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2018.
Score: 89 | January 1, 2012 | Burghound
This is noticeably riper with a layered combination of red berry fruit liqueur scents and warm earth nuances. There is fine richness and volume to the supple, round and sappy medium-bodied flavors that possess good mid-palate fat, all wrapped in an ever-so-mildly austere finish. Very solid quality here.
Score: 90 | January 1, 2011 | Burghound
An unusually complex nose for the appellation offers up notes of ripe upper and lower register red berry fruits and warm earth where the latter element can also be found on the rich, full-bodied and seductively textured medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a delicious and solidly persistent finish. A lovely Clos du Roi. 2013+