a new owner of the nsg clos des grandes vignes…


Part of the de Montille disposals to fund the purchase of the Château de Puligny; unofficially, we’ve known about the new owner for the last couple of weeks, but as the words finally trip from his own mouth, I think I’m safe enough to broadcast it 😉 Based on the numbers in the SAFER website, we can assume that with all taxes and fees paid, the final bill was about €3 million, for the only premier cru on the ‘wrong side’ of the RN74…

Just bought the 2,2 hectares of the Monopoly Nuits Saint Georges 1er cru “Clos des Grandes Vignes”. A new Monopoly for the Estate (the 3rd…after Clos du Chateau and La Romanée) and a new challenge for myself…try to make some “drinkable” white wine. Part of the Clos des Grandes Vignes (0,35 ha) is in Chardonnay!
Louis-Michel Liger-Belair

I only tasted one vintage at Château Puligny – 05 was (I think) their first vintage after the vines were acquired from the ‘dissolving’ Domaine Thomas-Moillard – that was the 2009, and I thought it excellent, the ‘villages’ cuvée seemed fine too (it’s a split vineyard with villages and 1er cru portions) but those were from barrel. I never saw Etienne’s bottles on the market. The chardonnay at the bottom of the vineyard was a ‘re-graft’ by Etienne a few years ago – it can be difficult here as the drainage is poor at the bottom of the vineyard, but Etienne had already done considerable work in the vines to allow their certification as biodynamic. 2012 will be Louis-Michel’s first harvest…

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There are 3 responses to “a new owner of the nsg clos des grandes vignes…”

  1. Brian Robson18th July 2012 at 8:31 amPermalinkReply

    I am familiar with this vineyard as I oversaw the Moillard portfolio in California for quite a number of years. Interesting wine I would often highlight being a monopole, labelled under Domaine Thomas Moillard, and Domaine Moillard in the US. There should be some bottles tucked a away in US cellars somewhere, as the house style was a bit “old school” made for the long term. 1999 was of particular interest if you can find it.

  2. Thomas De Waen18th July 2012 at 2:03 pmPermalinkReply

    Not as crazy a price as one may have expected… should come down to ~€320 of capital per bottle produced which @ 5% cost of capital results in a cost of €16/bottle. Surely he can sell that sort of wine for over €30/bottle? (what with him being a top tier producer and the wine being a 1er cru monopole etc).

  3. Maidenhead18th July 2012 at 5:55 pmPermalinkReply

    Hi Bill I have been chasing down a bottle of the white for near on three years and at each enquirey the Chateau have informed me the white will be released next year! I put this down to the 3 year rule, it now looks like they will never release a white lets hope that LMLB makes some available, white 1er NSG is rare, not to everyones taste but quite exotic in its own way. Cheers Phil

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