Nuits Saint Georges Le Village Vieilles Vignes Red 2018
Nuits saint GeorgesCommunale - 2018
PhilosophyNuits-Saint-Georges, the village in which our head office is located, has a great deal of importance for us. The southern gateway to the great Côte de Nuits villages, Nuits-Saint-Georges produces wines that are extremely diverse. The terroirs north of the village, near Vosne-Romanée, are composed of deeper, clayey soils. They yield wines that are both generous and structured. The terroirs to the south are very stony, as testified to by the many quarries nearby. Here the wines are mineral, lively and bold. A good Nuits-Saint-Georges should integrate this duality that lends it its unique character and magnificent ageing potential.
TerroirNuits-Saint-Georges is an iconic appellation in Burgundy. Its wines were even prescribed for Louis XIV in 1693 as a remedy for his ailments. The three plots for our cuvée are located at the foot of the slope, both north and south of the village, where the limestone soil is mixed with clay and marl. The typicity of the soil lends both finesse and minerality to the blend as well as power and richness. The vines’ southeastern exposure is ideal for optimal ripening of the grapes.
Vinification and ageingThe grapes were handpicked and meticulously sorted in the vineyards so as to only keep the finest grapes. The entire harvest was destemmed before being transferred to tanks. Fermentation started naturally under the influence of indigenous yeasts. Barrel ageing lasted between 15 and 18 months (30% new oak).
Tasting notesGorgeous cherry red in colour. The fine, complex, fresh nose is evocative of sour cherry, tangy forest berries and spring blossoms, followed by a touch of caramelized crème brûlée and sugared almonds. Lovely, well-integrated oak. Velvety, rich, full-bodied start to the palate. Notes of wood and spices – orange peel, bay, black pepper – are followed by rather smoky nuances of peat and underpinned by a hint of limestone and graphite minerality. The finish is still a little tight, with its acidity and tannins that are typical of Nuits-Saint-Georges. The finish boasts pleasing notes of liquorice and violet. This great wine is well suited for cellaring.
Press and awardsJasper Morris: 88-90*** /100 -- Neil Beckett: 90-91/100 -- IWC: 90/100