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2018 - Emmanuel Rouget, Vosne-Romanee Cros Parantoux
- Drinking Window:
- Cote de Nuits
- 95-97 NM
The 2018 Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux 1er Cru, matured in 100% new oak, has a more introverted, backward bouquet than the Beaumonts. It offers precocious blackberry and raspberry preserve scents, then crushed stone aromas. This feels mercurial as it develops floral aromas of incense and crushed violet with time in glass. The palate is well balanced, intense and supremely detailed, and there is outstanding tension and real heft on the finish. This Cros Parantoux is a paradigm of the old "iron fist in a velvet glove" cliché.