Join us and Courtier Wines for a tasting of four great wines from Nuits St. Georges for $55.
Situated roughly halfway between Beaune and Dijon, the small town of Nuits St. Georges is the commercial center of the Cote de Nuits. The commune has more premier cru vineyards (thirty-eight) than any other appellation in Burgundy, yet it has no grand crus. The wines can be stimulating. A good Nuits St. Georges, even a villages level bottling, should be a rugged wine when young – tannic, robust, richly concentrated and unbending. These are wines of structure and scale, built for aging and rewarding those who wait with an earthiness different from any other.
Jacques-Frederic Mugnier Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Clos de la Marechale Blanc 2009
This domaine was founded in 1863 by Frederic Mugnier, a Dijonnais producer of liqueurs, that held 20 hectares of vines in Chambolle Musigny and Nuits St. Georges. From 1950, the vineyards in Chambolle were contracted out to Faiveley and then Bruno Clair. In 1985, Frederic Mugnier, the fifth generation of the family on the property, took over, though he combined running the estate with his job as an airline pilot until 1998. Now he concentrates solely on the domaine, where consistency has improved as a result.
The tradition of the monopole Clos de la Marechale‘s white wine was lost during the last 50 years, but several exceptional old bottles found buried in the cellars of Mugnier convinced him to revive this rare wine since the 2005 vintage. With a very pure Chardonnay nose of apple, quince, chalky soil tones and white flowers, the wine is deep, focused and complex, with bright acids and lovely focus.
Jean Grivot Nuits St. Georges Les Charmois 2011
The Grivot family has been making wines in Burgundy since the mid-seventeenth century, but it was not until after the French Revolution that Gaston Grivot settled in Vosne Romanee. He purchased a large parcel of Clos Vougeot and his son, Jean, followed in his footsteps later acquiring other vineyards. Jean’s son Etienne took over in 1987, and is the current manager of the domaine. In order to obtain balance and harmony in his wines, Grivot adapts the wine-making process to the profile of each vintage. His vines are all 40 years and older, and only perfectly ripe and healthy grapes are harvested for winemaking. All treatments are conducted using biodynamic and sustainable organic farming practices.
Grivot’s wines are very personal and undeniably fine, with dramatically aromatic notes of red fruits, becoming denser up the range. Les Charmois is marked by floral notes. Bright red cherries, mint and freshly cut roses are some of the nuances – hints of earthiness add complexity to the vibrant finish.
Hudelot-Noellat Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers 2012
This domaine was founded in 1964 by Alain and Odile Hudelot-Noellat. Their wines have been regarded for generations as some of the best in Burgundy for their purity, smoothness and complexity. In 1978, the estate grew considerably with the acquisition of five hectares in Vosne Romanee from Charles Noellat. Today the domaine owns fifteen appellations spread over ten hectares. Charles van Canneyt arrived to take over from his grandfather Alain in 2008, assisted also by Vincent Munier who has been working there since 2005.
The Nuits St. Georges premier cru Les Mugers is a top-flight wine in the hands of the best winemakers, such as Charles Van Canneyt. With gorgeous aromas of red and black cherries and a complex base of soil, this wine is deep, full-bodied and very suave, with a sappy core and excellent structure. This will evolve well, and be a very fine wine with six to ten years time in the cellar.
Arnoux-Lachaux Nuits St. Georges 1er Cru Les Proces 2010
Domaine Arnoux-Lachaux is a 12 hectare property run by Pascal Lachaux who took over from his father-in-law, Robert Arnoux, in 1995. Although always good, the quality of this domaine’s wines has soared during the last few years under Pascal’s tenure. He has initiated a policy of no fining or filtering, and an organic and biodynamic approach. These are concentrated, polished and highly sought-after wines.
The domaine’s parcel in the Nuits St. Georges premier cru vineyard Les Proces is situated in the middle of the slope of the hill, with soil made up of clay and limestone that imparts a certain minerality on the wine. 2010 was a classic vintage; fine and fresh. Yields were down 30% from normal, but with higher concentration of fruit. This wine’s intense and focused flavors display controlled power and fine length on the finish.