Chicotot – 2020


Pascale Chicotot 2021Tasted in Nuits St.Georges with Pascale Chicotot, 17 July 2021.

Domaine Chicotot
15 Rue du Général de Gaulle
21700 Nuits-Saint-Georges
Tel: +33 3 80 61 19 33
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A ‘biodynamic’ domaine with 9 hectares, but spread over 57 different parcels! They have begun the project to increase the height of their vine training and have done some tree planting too.

Pascale on 2020:
A very small vintage – we actually had no more than half quantities in this vintage. 2018 was the last vintage with proper quantities here. We don’t speak of 2016 but 2017 was also down 30%. That said, I think of 2020s as my 1959!​

The wines…

The main change that I’ve noted here is the extra elegance of the aromatics since I first visited to taste the 2012s. Always proper Nuits wines here but beautifully complex and never too structured. There are a few special wines here for your attention – as in practically every year.

2020 Bourgogne Côte d’Or
Opposite Les St.Georges and Les Plantes au Baron
Deeply coloured. The malo’s not yet finished here. Higher toned, some malo aromas. Wide, concentrated fine acidity. That will be a great Bourgogne. They had 35 hl/ha here.

2020 Nuits St.Georges Papillon de Nuys
This the old-vine parcel, planted in three stages: 1904, 1929 and 1937
Deep, slightly reductive. The palate showing ample width, and a slightly structural style. There’s both intensity and impressive density to this very young flavour. It will be easier to appraise in a few months more – but seems very impressive.

2020 Nuits St.Georges Les Charmottes
‘Planted North-South and was penalised by the sun for this in 2020’ says Pascale.
A faint reduction, but this is lovely over the palate, seriously structured but with fine texture. Fine finishing too.​Simply excellent villages.

2020 Nuits St.Georges Les Plantes aux Baronne
From 1930s vines in the south of Nuits, in fact just under Les St.Georges
Higher toned, nicely fresh – a fine invitation. More direct, sleek, melting over the palate. More airy but no loss of concentration. A little extra finishing tannin but airy and fresh – different but also super-excellent villages…

2020 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Pruliers
A fuller nose, ripe and rounder but still with good freshness. Extra energy in this width of flavour – faintly grained with tannin – the purest fruit finish so far – completely delicious finishing, simply excellent, possibly great…
2020 Nuits St.Georges 1er Rue de Chaux
A nose that needs a little air but responds really well. More sleek, direct, lovely texture just a faint tannin. Beautiful finishing flavour again – so good – my new favourite!

2020 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Vaucrains
A little reduction to start with here but the airy and floral notes soon start to take over. Ultra silky, with a depth of flavour here – concentrated like the others – but more floral complexity than those. A beauty…

2020 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les St.Georges
Also a subtle reduction, nicely floral and more mineral. Extra width, a vibrancy to this flavour, slightly more structurally shaped too. Perhaps longer but not so attractively floral as the last. Super wine again though.

So let’s try some 2019s – bottled at the end of February this year…

2019 Nuits St.Georges Papillon de Nuys
Nicely open aromatic – less impact than the 20s but with good and attractive purity. Mobile, melting flavour. That’s a lovely and growing concentration as you head through the middle into the finish – really fine balance. Simply a lovely wine.

2019 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Pruliers
Airy, a little floral too. Also quite a high toned fruit and floral mix on the palate. The texture is comfortable. But the finish is the finest, most delicious and the best part.

2019 Nuits St.Georges 1er Aux Thorey
A narrow, fine and interesting nose. Mineral, wide, the flavours growing from the base, expanding, very nicely textured again. Mouth-watering, very sensual in style. Subtly long, slightly saline. This is a slightly understated (today) beauty.

2019 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Vaucrains
Lovely complexity with a hint of whole-cluster in the mix too – very attractive. Extra width but still direct in style. A weight of finishing flavour that’s becoming finer as gets longer in the finish. My favourite so far.

2019 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les St.Georges
Higher toned complexity, also with faint whole-cluster notes. Vibrant and concentrated – today it’s less ‘together’ than the Vaucrains but such a vibrant finishing wine – flamboyant. I still prefer the Vaucrains but the finish here is the more special…

And for the road:

2005 Nuits St.Georges 1er Les Vaucrains
Wow – a big nose, floral, sous-bois, drink me it shouts. Framed with tannin, still, but the flavours are complex and rewarding. You can easily keep this another 10 years but definitely worth opening today – bravo!

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