+ Add Critic Score

Submit a Critic Score

Score:

Name of Critic:

Close

Burnier Merlot 2011

Member Review by ApelsecS:

Gorgeous golden-red color, dense caramelized cherry nose with notes of vanilla. The body i would describe as... cold bar of dark chocolate flowing in oak barrel! taste starts soft and becomes cheerful at the end leaving long peppy dark fruit on your tongue. It's hard to find Russian premium wine above 20$ in regular supermarket and this one was sold out in 4 days, so I got only two bottles))) but that's a fantastic wine! This one is sold on market as 6-year-old wine, and i don't see any reason to keep in in cellar any longer - open it now.

Add winemaker's notes
Region: Russia

Vintages

  • 2011

+ Vintage
Winery: Burnier
Color: Red
Varietal: Merlot
  • + My Wines

    My Wines

    Save in My Wines

    Add to Wishlist

    My Cellar

  • List It
  • Add Review
3.9 5 0.5
Average Rating Rate It Add
Burnier:
The Caucasus is a cradle of viticulture with a winemaking tradition that goes back thousands of years. The presence of the Greeks more than 2500 years ago contributed to the development of winemaking in this region. While studying at the College of Oenology at Changins, Switzerland, Renaud heard from a lecturer about the vineyards on the Russian Black Sea coast and their excellent clim... Read more
The Caucasus is a cradle of viticulture with a winemaking tradition that goes back thousands of years. The presence of the Greeks more than 2500 years ago contributed to the development of winemaking in this region. While studying at the College of Oenology at Changins, Switzerland, Renaud heard from a lecturer about the vineyards on the Russian Black Sea coast and their excellent climate and conditions for winegrowing. After Renaud and Marina Burnier had decided they wished to establish a winery on the Black Sea coast, they spent three years travelling the length and breadth of the Krasnodar region searching for an ideal location. Climate and soil were analysed in depth before the ideal site was found. Chronologie September 1999 First exploratory trip to the region. 1999-2001 Seven trips spent searching for an exceptional terroir. 2001 Company established at Natuchajevskaya, in the Novorossijsk region. 2003 Cultivation of 17 hectares. The first vine to be planted is of the native Krasnostop variety. 2005 First vintage. 2005-2008 Cultivation of a further 33 hectares. The total area of the estate now covers 65 hectares with more than 10 different grape varieties. End 2008 Construction starts on the wine cellar, which is built into the partially stony, partially rocky subsoil of the vineyard slope. 2009 First DOMAINE BURNIER wines are exported to Switzerland. 2013 First bottling at the DOMAINE BURNIER winery at Natuchajevskaya.   . The DOMAINE BURNIER winery is located in Natuchajevskaya on the gentle, southwest-oriented and sun-exposed slopes of the Caucasus, between Anapa and Novorossijsk, at approximately the same degree of latitude as Bordeaux and the Piedmont. The Caucasus is a cradle of viticulture with a winemaking tradition that goes back thousands of years.  The vineyard is almost entirely surrounded by forest and has two distinct soil types: the lower area has rich, loamy soil, which is ideal for red grape varieties. The upper area’s marl-rich and stony soil is perfect for the cultivation of white grapes. Grapes Over 10 different varieties of grape grow in the vineyard.  Plants of the highest quality imported from France and Italy are also cultivated. White grape varieties: Chardonnay Pinot Blanc Pinot Gris Muscat Jaune Viognier. Red grape varieties: Merlot Cabernet Sauvignon Cabernet Franc Malbec Syrah Krasnostop * * Krasnostop – a very interesting and old autochthon (or native) Russian grape that is almost extinct. DOMAINE BURNIER is cultivating this variety again, which brings forth an exclusive and full-bodied wine.   The estate’s winemaking concept espouses: Using modern and efficient working methods and machinery, combined with proven traditional processes. Respecting nature and its biodiversity. Applying some biodynamic principles. Regulating yield and improving quality by means of stringent de-stemming. Almost all work in the vineyard is done by hand. The crucial, delicate tasks in vineyard and cellar are always performed under the supervision of Renaud Burnier. There is at least one Swiss winemaking specialist on site at all times. The grapes are harvested by hand. Thanks to the well-ventilated position of the vineyard, the grapes are healthy and of excellent quality at harvest time. An additional, consistent quality control of the harvest is performed in two stages: the strict sorting process in the vineyard and the subsequent triage on a sorting table in the wine cellar.   Read less

Member Reviews for Burnier Merlot

Add your review
Snooth User: ApelsecS
10683501,518
4.50 5
09/11/2017

Gorgeous golden-red color, dense caramelized cherry nose with notes of vanilla. The body i would describe as... cold bar of dark chocolate flowing in oak barrel! taste starts soft and becomes cheerful at the end leaving long peppy dark fruit on your tongue. It's hard to find Russian premium wine above 20$ in regular supermarket and this one was sold out in 4 days, so I got only two bottles))) but that's a fantastic wine! This one is sold on market as 6-year-old wine, and i don't see any reason to keep in in cellar any longer - open it now.



Photos

+ Add Image

Best Wine Deals

See More Deals

Merlot Top Lists







Snooth Media Network