13.0% alcohol. Opened four hours before drinking but not decanted. This is serious stuff. Brooding, pretty nose of red cherry, iron, flowers, and spice. In the mouth, forceful and concentrated, with surprisingly forward fruit. But the fruit gives way to serious complexity, doing a deft dance that mixes the masculine and feminine aspects of Pinot. Tannic on the finish. Needs time but excellent potential. A-
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As one of the more dedicated vigneronnes in the trade, Bernard Dugat has turned in a perfomrance that should change the perception of his wines on the world stage. It is a triumphant success in a year that required the growing season to shine through, not the skin tannin.
After so many hyper-extracted vintages that appear to peform far better at auction than at the dinner table, Bernard Dugat finally found magic in 2007 - a terroir year that favored transparency. The vintage style combined with Dugat-Py's typical depth and intensity resulted in tantilizing wines that are certainly among the finest Bernard has yet produced. While the riper years get all the headlines (1990, 1999, 2002, 2005), there is no doubt which vintage the winery places near the top: 2007.
Always loaded with potential but seemingly stuck in the mud of Syrah in Pinot Noir clothing, many of Dugat-Py's wines have barely evolved (even the 1995-1999's) instead they remain in a timewarp with impatient collectors beginning to tire of the waitng game for secondary complexity to emerge. All of this has a chance to change with the 2007s.
In 2007 Dugat-Py harnassed a Roumier meets Bernard Dugat style that will be swooned over by classicists and modernists alike. Even Truchot will find soemthign to admire in this set of 2007's and that's sayign a lot. As far as red Burgundy goes, your yuan could do far worse than an investment in 2007 Dugat-Py - esepcailly to drink. While these are no shrinking violets (far from it), they show the most deliberate difference of vineyard and soil expression since I began tasting this often ravishing set of wines with the 1990 vintage.
As with previous vintages, the lure to order strictly on the highest score should be avoided - read the notes as they are a far better indicator of your potential enjoyment than 1-2 points. If you are investing to cellar and drink, the scores have little meaning (if your goal is to auction the wines, then the scores have more significance).
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This parcel has the finest provenance available:
2007 Dugat-Py Bourgogne Rouge (expensive for a Bourgogne but it's akin to a Gevrey Villages)
2007 Dugat-Py Bourgogne Rouge Halinard (more refinement than the regular Bourgogne, like a top tier Villages, but the regular may last longer - it's a toss-up as to which is the better wine)
2007 Dugat-Py Vosne-Romanee Vieilles Vignes - $ 118.71 (while not yet reviewed, this wine is always a favorite among our email list members - it shows a sophistication that is a cut above).