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Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin Clos Napoleon 2013

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The FIXIN appellation, which received official recognition in 1936. The reds, called "winter wines", are high-coloured with a brilliant deep purple colour. The bouquet comprises flower scents (violet peony), fruits (blackcurrant, Morello cherry, quince), animal scents, musk and pepper. Cherry-pits is also quite common. Often tannic and a little hard in their youth, the Fixin acquire a heightened and rounded attack and solid structure. Their fullness is remarkable and their texture delicate. Serving suggestions: Masculine yet delicate, its tannic structure makes it a worthy partner with braised pork, beef, poultry stews including their Indian variants (curry, tandoori). However, the delicacy of its aromas and its finish make inventive combinations such as paella, tapas or spring-rolls. The Clos Napoleon, a parcel previously registered as "Aux Cheuzots", owes its name to its owner at the time Claude Noisot, an Officer in the Imperial Guard. Claude Noisot, who accompanied Napoleon to the Island of Elba and wished to pay homage to his emperor, commissioned the sculptor Rude from Dijon to create a statue to be erected in the Noisot Park. The label of Clos Napoleon is a reproduction of this sculpture named "Le Réveil de Napoléon" (The Awakening of Napoleon).
Category Red Wine
Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation Cote de Nuits
Brand Domaine Pierre Gelin
  • ws87

Wine SpectatorRich, with succulent cherry, earth and iron flavors married to the moderately firm tannins. Fine balance and lingering finish. Best from 2017 through 2023. 156 cases imported.

Bruce Sanderson, 2016