Divided into two parts in Côte de Nuits, between Prémeaux and Vosne-Romanée, the appellation of Nuits-Saint-Georges includes two very different types of soils, creating a unique combination. Pinot Noir grapes blended from the clay-rich climats “Les Chaliots” and “Les Hauts Pruliers” produce a full-bodied and well-balanced red wine enjoyable today, but ageable for years.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
When delicious crimson and mauve waves crash and fold in every glass, you’ll want to make this Nuits-Saint-Georges 2013 last. Rose, licorice cherry, strawberry and blackcurrant are the first scents to set the scene. Leather, truffle, fur and game are on standby if laid down for more than three years. Prune flavors will take flight for those who are truly patient. Vigorous, chewy and full-bodied and complemented by a long and intense finish, your needs will most certainly be met. For this 2013, be patient. Save it for a rainy day. The maturity will soften it. Nuits-Saint-Georges 2013 is perfectly suited for flavorful red meats, think roast lamb, T-bone steak and duck magret – the fatty juices will work in harmony with the wine’s lip-smacking sweetness.
After the small yield, but succulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, a deluge of rain delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, also experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the thunderous power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, this small vintage has incredible potential. We should all be thankful.
The nose is clean and intense, with aromas of violets, black cherries, cassis and a hint of leather. The palate also reveals flavors of sweet spices like cinnamon. Nuits-Saint-Georges 2016 is a balanced and concentrated wine with silky tannins and a long and fruity finish. It is approachable now while able to age gracefully for several years.
Balanced and concentrated
With a medium ruby color, Nuits-Saint-Georges 2017 is a balanced and concentrated red wine. The nose is clean and intense, with aromas of, black cherries, blackberries, and blackcurrant. The palate also reveals flavors of sweet spices like cinnamon. The tannins are soft and silky, while the finish is long and fruity. It is approachable now while able to age gracefully for several years.
A generous vintage
2017 began the best possible way, with a sunny and warm spring and no threats of hail or frost. Bud break happened at the beginning of April, soon followed by blooming. Summer was marked by scorching episodes, pushing maturation forward. Harvest started over the last days of August, two weeks earlier than usual, and lasted until mid-September. With healthy, ripe grapes and yields back to normal, 2017 has since proven its high-quality and long-lasting potential.
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