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DOMAINE LUPE-CHOLET - Press reviews


    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 chablis CHATEAU DE VIVIERS
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89

      The 2012 Chablis Village from Domane Lupe-Cholet, under the Chateau de Viviers label, deserves a round of applause. The bouquet is fresh and vibrant with lime zest and citrus lemon - nothing complex but very engaging and it takes you to the place it was born. The palate is taut on the entry and then builds nicely in the mouth. The acidity is well judged and there is plenty of citrus fruit invigorating the satisfying finish. Drink now-2018.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 chablis 1er cru CHATEAU DE VIVIERS, VAUCOPINS
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89

      The 2011 Chablis 1er Cru Vaucopins is much more fresh and vibrant on the nose compared to the perplexing Blanchots, opening nicely straight from the bottle with lime flower, freshly sliced pear and flint. The palate is precise on the entry with a taut, almost terse entry. It is certainly tightly wound and it benefits from 10-20 minutes breathing time. It has a pleasant, marine-tinged finish that is reserved but clean and fresh. This is commendable. Drink now-2019.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 nuits st georges (blanc) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 89

      Instead, head for the 2011 Nuits Saint Georges Les Terrasses du Chateau, which has much more conviction and tension on the nose compared to the Meursault, with fragrant lime flower, orange peel and quince aromas. The palate is well-balanced with a fine thread of acidity, hints of bitter lemon invigorating the finish. This is a fine white Nuits Saint Georges. Drink now-2020.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 nuits st georges 1er cru (rouge) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET, LES CROTS
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 88

      The 2011 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Crots is full and generous on the nose, not sumptuous but certainly willing to dole out some attractive, pure wild strawberry and blackberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with rigid tannins, a fine bead of acidity and plenty of chunky black fruit. While it lacks a little finesse toward the finish, there is good length and focus here. I am intrigued to taste this cru in a better vintage, as the potential is there. Drink 2015-2020.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 savigny les beaune (rouge) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET, LES PICOTINS
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 86

      The 2011 Savigny-les-Beaune Les Picotins has a delightful bouquet of brambly red berry fruit, briary and a hint of kirsch that is well-defined. The palate is quite structured on the entry, a rigid Savigny but with plenty of freshness, although the finish is rather smudged and missing the finesse initially promised by the nose. Drink 2015-2020.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2012 meursault (blanc) LUPE CHOLET
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 86

      The 2012 Meursault Village has a light, slightly honeyed bouquet with hints of caramel. You might describe it as a “gentle”, unimposing nose. The palate is well-balanced, with uncomplicated vanilla-tinged citrus fruit and a commercially savvy finish. This is no more, no less than a decent “punters’” Meursault. Drink now-2016. I tasted two wines from Lupe-Cholet, whose wines are made at the Albert Bichot facility in Beaune. Both had already been bottled.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2011 bourgogne chardonnay LUPE CHOLET, COMTESSE DE LUPE
      The Wine Advocate (2014): 84

      The 2011 Bourgogne Comtesse de Lupe has a light but clean, grassy, almost tertiary bouquet. The palate is simple with apple peel and pear on the entry. It is light and develops a crisp, citrus finish that is nicely focused, with moderate length. Drink now.

    • Burghound (Allen Meadows)

      2010 nuits st georges 1er cru (rouge) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET, LES CROTS
      Burghound (Allen Meadows) (2013): 91 points

      A fresh, earthy, bright and distinctly cool nose features notes of red raspberry and red currant aromas that lead to detailed, intense and relatively supple middle weight flavors that possess good energy on the dusty, persistent, firm and precise finish. The rusticity that this displayed from barrel last year has almost completely dissipated and the overall quality here is definitely better than I originally foresaw. Worth considering.

    • Burghound (Allen Meadows)

      2009 nuits st georges (blanc) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET
      Burghound (Allen Meadows) (2012): 89 points

      Discreet wood frames very fresh and overtly ripe aromas of grass, lemon peel and a hint of grapefruit that merge into dry, clean and precise middle weight flavors that possess a lovely sense of verve on the solidly persistent and citrusy finish. This isn't overly complex but it's certainly pretty and refreshing.

    • The Wine Advocate

      2010 bourgogne (rouge) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET, CLOS DE LUPE
      The Wine Advocate (2012): 86

      A declassified village Nuits St.-Georges apparently, this 2010 reveals lots of personality. One rarely finds a good Pinot Noir from Burgundy for under $25 a bottle, but this medium-bodied cuvee, which has seen a small amount of new oak, offers elegant pomegranate and cherry fruit notes intermixed with dusty, loamy soil and herb scents. It is best drunk over the next several years.

    • Burghound (Allen Meadows)

      2009 nuits st georges 1er cru (rouge) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET, LES CROTS
      Burghound (Allen Meadows) (2012): 90 points

      A nicely fresh and bright nose speaks of red berry fruit liqueur trimmed in wet stone and earth nuances, both of which can be found on the rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that terminate in a dusty, mouth coating and long finish. This delicious effort is fuller and riper than its '09 counterpart though the moderately rustic tannins also put in an appearance on the finale. Worth considering.

    • Burghound (Allen Meadows)

      2009 vosne romanee 1er cru DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET, LES ROUGES DU DESSUS
      Burghound (Allen Meadows) (2012): 89 points

      An overtly spicy and notably ripe nose of red berry fruit and plum liqueur aromas complements the equally spicy, rich and very generous flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel and a real sense of volume before ending in a dusty, mouth coating and delicious finish. This may come together but today this does not seem to be cohesive and lacks the same excellent complexity of the 2010 version. We'll see but for the moment, I prefer to remain conservative.

    • Burghound (Allen Meadows)

      2007 nuits st georges (blanc) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET
      Burghound (Allen Meadows) (2010): 89 points

      A fresh, cool and airy nose of grass and a whiff of the sauvage merges into intensely stony middle weight flavors that are linear and driving on the energetic and distinctly nervous finish. This is not especially elegant but the precision and intense minerality impart a real sense of character. Worth a look for both quality and value.

    • Burghound (Allen Meadows)

      2008 beaune 1er cru (rouge) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET, LES BRESSANDES
      Burghound (Allen Meadows) (2010): 89-91 points

      A notably more complex and more elegant nose of red berry fruit, earth and plum complements the rich and relatively full-bodied flavors that possess better mid-palate concentration and a dusty, linear and admirably pure finish. This is somewhat angular today but it appears to have the underlying material to flesh out with a few years in bottle.

    • Burghound (Allen Meadows)

      2007 nuits st georges 1er cru (rouge) DOMAINE LUPE CHOLET, LES CROTS
      Burghound (Allen Meadows) (2010): 89 points

      A very cool, even restrained nose of airy and ripe red pinot fruit cut with obvious notes of stone and minerals where the minerality is almost aggressively present on the fine, balanced and persistent finish that is quite dry in the best sense of the term. This perhaps lacks just a touch of generosity but the delineation and punch are quite attractive. Worth a look.