New Wines from Nuits Producers

Update 13.4.2010(14.4.2010)billn


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
2008 Bertrand Ambroise, Bourgogne
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.
2007 Bertrand Ambroise, Côte de Nuits Villages
Darker colour. Dark fruit on the nose too. Quite narrow flavours in the mouth, some astringency too. Okay…
2007 Bertrand Ambroise, Nuits St.Georges
Aromatically narrow. The palate seems similarly pinched and it’s narrow and astringent too as goes into the finish.
2007 Bertrand Ambroise, Nuits St.Georges 1erLes Vaucrains
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
2007 1’Arlot, Côte de Nuits Villages Clos du Chapeau
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!
2007 1’Arlot, Nuits St.Georges Le Petit Arlot
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.
2007 1’Arlot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos des Fôrets St.Georges
Medium colour. Deeper aromas with more dark fruit. More depth of flavour too and a width that slowly develops in the mid-palate.
2002 1’Arlot, Nuits St.Georges 1er Jeunes Vignes du Clos du Fôret
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
2007 Robert Chevillon, Nuits St.Georges
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.
2007 Robert Chevillon, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Chaignots
Lovely, wide high-toned fruit. Lots of detail, it’s another luncheon Nuits, but with lovely lingering flavours.
2007 Robert Chevillon, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Cailles
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.
2002 Robert Chevillon, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Chaignots
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
2006 Gavignet Bethanie, Hautes Côtes de Nuits
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.
2007 Gavignet Bethanie, Gevrey-Chambertin En Reniard
The same musty smell (glass?), below is warm, dark fruit. Fresh, medium concentration with supple tannin. Finishes nicely.
2006 Gavignet Bethanie, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Poulettes
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
2007 Château Gris, Bourgogne Clos Lupé
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!
2006 Château Gris, Nuits St.Georges 1er Château Gris
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.
Domaine Faiveley
2006 Faiveley, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Chaignots
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
2007 Hudelot Noëllat, Nuits St.Georges Bas de la Combes
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.
2007 Hudelot Noëllat, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Murgers
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.
2006 Hudelot Noëllat, Nuits St.Georges Bas de la Combes
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.
2006 Hudelot Noëllat, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Murgers
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
2007 Thibault Liger-Belair, Gevrey-Chambertin La Croix des Champs
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.
2007 Thibault Liger-Belair, Clos de Vougeot
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.
2007 Thibault Liger-Belair, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les St.Georges
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…
2007 Thibault Liger-Belair, Corton Les Rognets
Deep, dark, oak-led aromas. Sweet, narrow in the mid-palate after the Nuits. A very good persistent finish.
2007 Thibault Liger-Belair, Richebourg
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.
2006 Thibault Liger-Belair, Corton Les Rognets
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.
Maison Moillard
2006 Charles Thomas, Nuits St.Georges Les Charmottes
Medium, medium-plus colour. Nice aromas of fresh dark fruit. The tannin is supple and there’s good density. Quite pure, this is okay!
2005 Thomas-Moillard, Nuits St.Georges
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.
2005 Charles Thomas, Nuits St.Georges 1er Clos de Thorey
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.
2005 Charles Thomas, Nuits St.Georges 1er La Richemone
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
2008 Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Hautes Côtes de Nuits
The aromas are wide and red. There’s good density here. It’s fresh and the flavour is nicely pronounced in the mid-palate.
2007 Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Nuits St.Georges Les Allots
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.
2007 Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Damodes
The nose offers a nice depth of faintly creamy fruit – very nice. Supple, slightly fat texture. Good width and an equally good finish.
2007 Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Nuits St.Georges 1er Rue de Chaux
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.
2007 Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les St.Georges
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.
2004 Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Vosne-Romanée 1er Aux Dessus des Malconsorts
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…
1999 Henri et Gilles Remoriquet, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Bousselots
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
2005 Daniel Rion, Côtes de Nuits Villages Le Vaucrain
Dark, rather concentrated aromas. A little oak flavour, medium concentration. Decent structure and good fruit.
2006 Daniel Rion, Nuits St.Georges Les Lavières
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.
2006 Daniel Rion, Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Grandes Vignes
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!
2006 Daniel Rion, Vosne-Romanée 1er Les Beaux-Monts
Wide and slightly spicy (as I suppose it should be) fruit – very nice. Wide and showing very fine tannin. Great mid-palate flavour and dimension. Lovely length too. If I don’t already have some, then I should!

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