A tasting put on by the producers of Nuits St.Georges, 28.03.2010.
A surprising number of the 2007s could be well described as ‘luncheon Nuits’, though I do find myself using the word ‘pretty’ quite often. These luncheon Nuits will offer you some very elegant drinking, it will just depend on their relative cost as to whether you see value or not.
I note that I still don’t ‘get’ Ambroise…
Maison Bertrand Ambroise
The nose is quite high toned. Very fresh – it just about retains balance. The light and supple fruit is the best part, it’s quite tasty.
Darker colour. Dark fruit on the nose too. Quite narrow flavours in the mouth, some astringency too. Okay…
Aromatically narrow. The palate seems similarly pinched and it’s narrow and astringent too as goes into the finish.
Some odours of dark oak but the first wine with fruit (dark) aromas too. More intensity and flavour, yet narrowness and structure prevail.
Domaine de l’Arlot
Medium-pale colour. A wide and pretty perfume that’s sweet and classy. Some structure, but also some understated, perfumed fruit too. Rather a ‘luncheon Nuits’ but a pretty one!
Medium-pale colour. Also perfumed, this time there are more violets and less stems, More density, still a touch of perfume to the fruit followed a by a small burst of intensity in the mid-palate. Rather nice.
Medium colour. Deeper aromas with more dark fruit. More depth of flavour too and a width that slowly develops in the mid-palate.
Medium colour with a hint of ruby-red. The nose is sweet, perfumed and pretty. Not too much density, and the structure has almost softened into balance. Lovely finishing flavours – the last drops in the glass offer a lovely red perfume.
Domaine Robert Chevillon
Medium, medium-pale colour. Deepish aromas of nice width. Not so sweet after Arlot but very fine tannin. Pretty in the finish, this is definitely another luncheon Nuits.
Lovely, wide high-toned fruit. Lots of detail, it’s another luncheon Nuits, but with lovely lingering flavours.
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose shows intensity and a darker fruit. Intense with lots of dimension and interest. This is very good, the flavours currently bury the structure.
Aromas of leather and warm red fruit. Soft, indeed plush texture. There’s an engaging development of flavour in the mid-palate – very nice.
Domaine Christian Gavignet Bethanie
Starts a little musty, but quickly lifts – perhaps it’s the glass – it’s my first pour. Fresh, clean, intense and pretty. Everything a Hautes Côtes should aspire to.
The same musty smell (glass?), below is warm, dark fruit. Fresh, medium concentration with supple tannin. Finishes nicely.
From just above Perrières – my first Poulettes! Clean, fresh red fruit aromas. Nice fat, silky texture, lots of flavour and depth – wow, where did this come from. This is excellent.
Domaine du Château Gris
50-60% of elevage in barrel – 10% new. Good colour. Dark slightly oaky aromas. Fresh, flavourful and with good intensity. Nice finish too. A steal at €8!
Deep, interesting dark fruit on the nose. Very fine tannin. The flavours start a little linear but then really expand in the mid-palate. This is very good, not cheap at €30 but very good all the same.
Medium-plus colour. Warm yet fresh dark red fruit aromas. There is volume without apparent fat and lots of flavour dimension – bravo! The evident tannin has a lick of astringency but nothing untoward. Very good wine!
Domaine Hudelot Noëllat
Medium-pale. A soft, wide, understated red fruit nose. Elegant, medium concentration, faintly creamy with a nice burst of fruit flavour. A luncheon Nuits but very tasty.
Medium-pale. There’s faint spice notes in the red fruit mix. Sweet understated fruit, the tannin is just a background. Slowly an intensity of flavour builds. Very, very pretty wine.
Medium colour. There’s more aromatic intensity and width. Tight but very well flavoured. The tannins offer a little ‘grab’. Very nice fruit and a good finish too.
Medium, medium-plus colour. really lovely fruit aromas. More structure here but the velvet tannin is supple and ripe. Spicy fruit flavour. Plenty of tannin left on your tongue.
Domaine Thibault Liger-Belair
Deep oak notes with some fruit to support. Sweet, oaky, a little fat and plush, tannin in the background. A nice burst of mid-palate flavour. Very good, not my style but very good.
High-toned, nice fruit and the oak is very much in the background. Plenty of ripe tannin supporting soft, mainly red fruit. No real attack, indeed quite an easy drink. Very good finish.
Wide, persistent red/black fruit on the nose, eventually a little licorice too. Very, very nice fresh and pretty fruit. – lots of dimension – all supported by a good slug of tannin. Good wine – I’d buy this…
Deep, dark, oak-led aromas. Sweet, narrow in the mid-palate after the Nuits. A very good persistent finish.
An understated width of predominantly red fruit. Rich? Certainly, but this is more about the super-cool fruit that balances – keeps at bay! – considerable, yet apparently latent structure. Interesting wine.
A hint of reduction together with dark, damson fruit. The flavour is fresh, wide and shows a little (but not too much) oak influence, all ending with a little caramel. Very good.
Medium, medium-plus colour. Nice aromas of fresh dark fruit. The tannin is supple and there’s good density. Quite pure, this is okay!
Ripe, precise fruit notes – good. The tannin is ripe and slightly to the fore as the tasty fruit is a little tight. A good burst of energy in the mid-palate. Good.
Deep, powerful pure dark fruit – impressive. Lots of structure, rather tight on the palate. The fruit that slowly widens in the mid-palate is excellent but it remains subordinate to the rest of the wine. Very good.
Deep colour. Tight but impressive dark fruit. Lots of tannin, but this is just a little rounder after the Clos de Thorey. The fruit that underpins this wine is really excellent. Worth looking for.
Domaine Henri et Gilles Remoriquet
The aromas are wide and red. There’s good density here. It’s fresh and the flavour is nicely pronounced in the mid-palate.
50% whole clusters here, the only wine in the range vinified like this. The nose offers warmer slightly candied red fruits. There’s an extra level of sweetness that’s coupled to more structure. The structure does need to soften, but 6-12 months in the cellar should see this offering a more friendly face.
The nose offers a nice depth of faintly creamy fruit – very nice. Supple, slightly fat texture. Good width and an equally good finish.
From just below Château Gris. Understated warm, ripe dark fruit. Plenty of depth and dimension, offering real extension into the mid-palate. Lots of structure and a great finish. Very nice.
The vines are next to the Hospices ‘Didiers’ – this part of the vineyard has more limestone and delivers a more elegant interpretation of the vineyard. High toned and a little floral – violets – over tighter fruit that slowly builds in the glass. High toned flavours too, plenty of velvet tannin that seems candy coated! Then the finish takes over – it’s very wide and shows a hint of coconut. Very long and very good.
Obvious and characteristic vintage aromas. The entry onto the palate seems narrow – probably because of the vintage character – can’t say too much except, for my taste – no…
Deep and I would say profound aromas – lovely. The structure remains king here, but there’s a lot of flavour saturating your tongue too. Long, interesting and clearly a baby.
Domaine Daniel Rion
Dark, rather concentrated aromas. A little oak flavour, medium concentration. Decent structure and good fruit.
Medium, medium-plus colour. The nose is wide, showing red/black fruit and some spice. The structure is slightly ahead of the nicely perfumed fruit. Nice enough.
Deep, very nice aromas. More intensity than the Lavières, still lots of structure but there’s real flavour dimension in the mid-palate too. Very good!