Dujac is on a Winning Streak
1er Cru Beaux Monts 08, 09 & 10
Dujac has been on a streak lately. Their releases from 2008 are some of the best wines we've tasted from them in many, many years.
Today, we present a retrospective, a mini-vertical chronicling the greatness of Dujac's releases from one of Vosne-Romanée most important 1er Crus: Beaux Monts 2008-2010.
The move into Vosne-Romanée for this Morey-St-Denis-based estate is one of the more important recent realignments in the Burgundian landscape. Very quickly, Dujac's Beaux Monts, Malconsorts and Romanée-St-Vivant have established themselves as key bottlings.
And while the Grand Crus can achieve prices that flirt with four-figures, today's Beaux Monts offers both relief and value.
In discussing the trio of vintages from 2008 to 2010, one must admit two things. First, this is a profound string of vintages. Second, even in this context, Dujac seems to be functioning on another level.
Over these past years, Dujac has been able to both intensify and refine their signature style. This begs the question: What is Dujac's signature? For me, it's always been the way that the wines attack all five senses with a grace and sensuality. This is something that only the truly great producers achieve. The wines are ruthlessly intense and yet, ethereal, perfumed and incredibly finessed.
The 1er Cru Beaux Monts is a stony, higher altitude 1er Cru. Here Vosne-Romanée's velvet and spice assumes a leaner format with a mineral streak and soaring aromatics. More importantly, Beaux Monts gives Dujac's style nearly ideal conditions to flaunt its elegance and its combination of mineral fineness and gorgeous layers of aromatics.
The three vintages, 08, 09 and 10, offer the perfect vantage point to observe Dujac's masterful hand with this site. The 2008 is intensely mineral and fine whereas the 2009 takes Beaux Monts' mineral frame and adds a seductive layer of textured Vosne spiciness. The 2010 offers ultra-clear brightness and sparkle with a pinpoint precision. Please check out the Burghound notes below. He's not shy with his praise of these - his comments sections for all the vintages are littered with "Outstanding" and "Sweet Spot Outstanding."
These are beautiful, beautiful wines. They represent a great domaine standing on tip-toes and hitting a very high level.
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Burghound: Very mild reduction doesn't completely hide the intrinsic Vosne spice notes that also suffuse the intense mineral and beautifully refined and vibrant medium-bodied flavors that possess both lovely delineation as well as that beguiling sense of underlying tension on the classy, cool and impeccably well-balanced finish. This is a classic Beaux Monts that should drink well young yet require at least 12 years to reach its full potential.
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Burghound: A ripe yet still cool and elegant nose of classic Vosne-style spice notes adds breadth to the black fruit and stone aromas. The naturally sweet and succulent flavors brim with a fine minerality and plenty of mouth coating dry extract that conclude with a dusty, firm and impressively persistent finish. This is terrific and should age effortlessly.
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Burghound: A naturally spicy nose of red berry and black cherry fruit introduces rich, fresh, vibrant, cool and detailed middle weight flavors that exude a fine minerality on the textured, firm and wonderfully long finish. A classic Beaux Monts that should reward at least a decade of cellaring.
Dujac Beaux Monts is pre-arrival.
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