PDavid Croix quickly made a name for himself as the winemaker for the venerable negociant, Camille Giroud, a position he held from 2002 to 2016. He started at Camille Giroud fresh out of oenology school, at the age of 24, and because of the range of terroirs vinified at Camille Giroud received a one-of-a-kind education on Beaune vineyards...
A blend of four parcels planted in the mid-1950s and 1960s from both an upper slope parcel planted in brown gravel clay soil (grèze litée) and a lower slope parcel planted in well-drained alluvial soils.
100% de-stemmed, indigenous yeast alcoholic fermentation in uncovered wooden vats. 15-20 days total maceration time. Pneumatic press, separation of pressed and free-run juices. 1 year aging in older oak barrels, a few months blended in tank. No fining or filtration.
Decanter Magazine: 93 Points
Les Cent Vignes is in the northern part of the hill of Beaune, close to the autoroute. The four parcels here - two low and two high - make up 1.1ha in all. With just a hint of whole-bunch spice, this is a subtle, finely crafted premier cru from David Croix showing granular tannins and juicy raspberry fruit.
Drinking Window 2022 - 2027
Wine Advocate: 89-91 Points
One of the more generous and gourmand of David Croix's Beaunes, the 2017 Beaune 1er Cru Les Cents Vignes offers up an expressive bouquet of rose petals, spices and red fruit compote, followed by a medium to full-bodied, fleshy palate with succulent acids and melting tannins.
Burghound: 89 Points
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Vinous: 88-90 Points
The 2017 Beaune Les Cents Vignes 1er Cru contains around 10% to 15% whole bunches, although there seems like more than that on the earthy nose, which is perhaps just a little smudged at the moment. The crisp, slightly chalky palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin and a pretty, easygoing finish that suggests that, like the Village Cru, this will be an approachable wine to drink over the next four or five years.
-- Neal Martin
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