Nuits Saint Georges Premier Cru Les Crots Red 2018
Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Crots"1er crus - 2018
PhilosophyOne of the marked characteristics of the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation is the great diversity of its terroirs, diversity that is also found in the styles of its wines that differ considerably depending on where the grapes are grown. With its headquarters in Nuits-Saint-Georges, the House of Edouard Delaunay illustrates this wealth by offering several selections from Premier Cru climats located both north and south of the village.
TerroirThis 4-hectare climat is located just south of the village, at the very top of the slope. It benefits from east-northeastern exposure and very stony, shallow soil that is well drained to lend the wine freshness and concentration. Its high altitude also contributes to the wine’s freshness.
Vinification and ageingThe grapes are handpicked and all the entire harvest is destemmed. The grapes are transferred to tanks where they undergo traditional vinification that lasts approximately two weeks with regular punch-down, especially at the end of fermentation. The wine is then aged in barrels for 15 months with a proportion of 1/3 new oak.
Tasting notesGorgeous intense red in colour. The nose is extremely pure with predominant aromas of wild cherry and red stone fruit, followed by warmer scents of clafoutis, vanilla and crème brûlée that evolve toward more roasted notes reminiscent of dark chocolate. The palate is extremely elegant and pure, long and silky, continuing on a note of refreshing acidity with well-integrated chalky tannins to finish with a slightly saline impression. A hint of almond and a touch of liquorice complement this magnificent example of all that the Pinot Noir the grape can express when grown in stony soil.
Press and AwardsJasper Morris: 91-94 ***/100 -- Neil Beckett: 92-93/100