The Clos de la Marechale 2010 from J.-F. Mugnier is a truly gorgeous wine…but now slightly closed. The nose is a delightful play between red and dark fruits – blueberries, red cherries and raspberries – and a slight hint of earthy minerality. On the palate quite weighty but still refined, with a lovely transparancy and balance. It’s intense and offer layers of airy and delicate fruit .. very nice nerve and energy. A great Marechale in the making … what a lovely wine.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges premier cru “Chateau Gris” has a interesting minerality. It’s made from a monopole vineyard located just south of the village – at the top of the slope. The Chateau Gris monopole is a part of the climate Les Crots – and the Chateau Gris estate itself is located in this vineyard. In the nose raspberries and red currant spiced with a nice slightly chalky minerality. On the palate quite rich and broad with a lovely energy and minerality from the limestone soil. It’s quite long and intense with a lovely cool airy style and an interesting minerality. Very interesting terroir – should not be overlooked.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Terrasses Blanc is a very interesting wine. It’s made from the village part of the climate Les Crots – on terraces above the Chateau Gris estate. The soil is limestone and this gives the wine a quite unique style compared to other whites from Nuits-Saint-Georges. In the nose fresh notes of citrus, white orchard fruits and a chalky minerality. On the palate quite rich and broad with a lovely fruit and a intense but very harmonious minerality. The acidity is crisp and with a good energy. It’s very balanced with a good inner harmony, and without the slightly edgy minerality found in some whites from this appellation. Check this out!
The Nuits-Saint-Georges is a step up in focus and concentration. The nose is lightly reduced but still displaying a lovely nervy fruit. On the palate very balanced and vibrant offering a interesting tension between crisp fruit and the quite muscular minerality. A quite classic and lovely NSG in the making.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Argillieres is a new 1er cru from Henri Roch. Les Argillieres is a very interesting terroir located between Clos Arlot and Clos de Corvees in the very south of the appelation. This vineyard has a very fine minerality – and Frederic Cossard made some very interesting wines from this plot. The 2009 Les Argillieres is showing even better than first time I tasted it back in 2012. In the nose raspberries, gooseberries with hints of cherries, all spice and cinnamon – spiced with a lovely stony minerality. On the palate very fine minerality and a fine acidity for a 2009. Love the terroir and the very refined and airy expression of fruit – very impressive for the vintage.
The Clos des Corvees 1999 has entered a quite matured stage and is showing good form. In the nose organic red and dark berry fruit – spiced with cinnamon, allspice and hints of tar. On the palate quite intense fruit … fine length with a very nice mineral backbone. Love the terriors in the southern part of Nuits-Saint-Georges. A lovely wine … but these wine should not be enjoyed after transport … they need to settle down … in this case the sediments was stirred up, adding a slight volatile note to the wine. Nevertheless a lovely wine … would no doubt merrit a higher rating if the bottle was handled with more care.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er cru 2008 from Pacalet is extrovert and very accessible. In the nose cinnamon, all spice, red berry fruit with notes of strawberries and rhubarbs. On the palate quite rich opulent organic fruit .. openly knit .. with a crisp and powerful underlying acidity. It’s very forward and expressive with a quite intense display of it’s organic low SO2 styled fruit. A lovely wine .. enjoyable now .. but will be even better after 5 years in the cellar.
The Clos de la Marechale 2011 is slightly closed at the moment. In the nose red and dark berry fruit, a hint of oak and nice earthy minerality. On the palate quite tight fruit – lovely tension and energy – very good length and weight. The potential is very good but it needs time to unfold the fruit and complexity. It’s drinkable now but would love to enjoy this wine after 5 to 10 years – I’m sure it will be very delightful.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Terre Blanc” is a charming effort. On the nose slightly aloof and reduced, with notes of melon, pear and different citrus aromas. On the palate quite rich and outgoing but framed by the slightly edgy minerality from the Cote de Nuits terroir. The rich 2012 fruit really suits this wine – a good effort.
The Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Bousselots is a step up in minerality and focus from the Morey Blanchards. The bouquet show slightly darker fruit – with notes of raspberries, dark charries and a lovely focusing earthy minerality. On the palate ample and intense fruit – juicy with a almost airy feel – very refined. The fruit is jellied with a sweet core balanced by a crisp acidity – adding a nice nerve and energy to the wine. Love the fruit and display of Nuits-Saint-Georges Terroir – A fine wine indeed.
The Clos de la Marechale is a step up in concentration from Les Fuees – and a darker styled wine. In the nose pure red and darker fruits and quite earthy minerality. On the palate quite weighty fruit, with a fine tension and energy – the fruit of the vintage really suits the terroir with it’s energy and tension between red and dark fruits. Bottom line – It’s a refined NSG – offering a lovely balance between weight and complexity.
The Nuits Saint Georges Les Cras is a slightly overlooked wine in the Liger-Belair portfolio. Les Cras 2012 is a lovely effort – with loads of pure and energetic fruit. The bouquet is showing beautiful red and darker fruit aromas spiced with gun powder and a salty minerality – lovely tension between the sweet red fruit and the dark berries. On the palate very juicy and focused with a delightful vibrant underlying minerality. It’s focused and with a extrovert and charming personality – a lovely wine in the making.
First vintage of the The Nuits Saint Georges Clos des Grandes Vignes – and it’s a good start. The Clos des Grandes Vignes 2012 is a very refined and harmonious effort. In the bouquet rich red berry fruit with a floral touch, a hint of gun powder and a nice earthy minerality. On the palate rich and refined red and dark fruit – nicely focused by the harmonious earthy minerality and the energetic acidity. It’s a very harmonious and refined wine with a lovely inner energy – will be very exiting to follow this wine.
The Clos de la Marechale 2012 is a interesting wine. Quite discrete nose, with fresh fruit, some citrus notes and a hint of oak. On the palate very well balanced, with a interesting tension between the quite ripe and rich fruit and the crisp acidity. A elegant wine with an interesting inner tension – looking forward to taste this from bottle.
First white from Louis-Michel – from the newly acquired vineyard Clos des Grandes Vignes in the southern Nuits-Saint-Georges. The wines were re-grafted with Chardonney in 2010 – so this is a fairly new vineyard for the whites. Around 35% new oak is used. The bouquet is quite expressive with notes of pear, melon and citrus – the oak is present but delicate and the finely grained minerality is showing well. On the palate crisp and pure fruit, a fine midpalate weight and richness – supported by the fine broad minerality and the crisp acidity. The expression is quite rich, smooth and refined for a Cote de Nuits white – a very interesting and lovely white in the making.
The Clos de la Marechale Blanc 2007 is a lovely crisp wine. In the nose pure and crisp fruit with notes of apple, citrus and some delicate hints of peach, pineapple and oak/vanilla. On the palate lovely focused fruit – good weight and grip – with a nice mineralic tension. The finish is long with a good intensity – beautifully balanced and pure. Love the energy and tension … a refined effort.
The 2008 Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Cras 2008 from Liger-Belair is a gorgeous wine. The nose is perfumed with red berry fruit, violets, rose petals and a discrete hint of oak. On the palate quite tight and focused fruit. It’s transparent and long driven by the vibrant 08 acidity and the quite powerful minerality. Really love the purity of the 08s …. the racy acidity … the lovly mineralic tension. The 08s can be quite demanding wines …. but they are also very rewarding for the true fans of classic Burgundies.
The Clos de la Marechale 2010 from J.-F. Mugnier is a truly gorgeous wine. The nose is very open with a delightful play between red and dark fruits – strawberries, blueberries, red cherries and raspberries – slight hint of sous-bois. On the palate quite weigthy and muscular, with a beautiful transparancy and balance. It’s intense and offer layers of airy and delicate fruit – quite lightfooted with a lovely display of terroir. By some margin the best Marechale I have tasted – drop dead gorgeous.
First white from Louis-Michel – from the newly acquired vineyard Clos des Grandes Vignes in the southern Nuits-Saint-Georges. The wines were re-grafted with Chardonney in 2010 – so this is a fairly new vineyard for the whites. The bouquet is quite expressive with notes of pear, melon and citrus – the oak is present but delicate and the minerality is showing quite finely grained. On the palate crisp and pure fruit, a good framework of minerality and acidity. The minerality seems quite smooth and refined for a Cote de Nuits white. It’s very pure and offer good fresness for the vintage – will be interesting to follow this wine. Really fine potential – but too early to rate this wine at this stage.
I have a soft spot for the Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Cras – and the Clavelier 2011 confirm my passion for this terroir. In the bouquet lovely red and dark fruit – black currant and raspberries with some hints of red currant and rose petals. The palate offer good weight and concentration with more creamy textures than the Vosne wines – the minerality is quite intense and focused – giving the wine a powerful and energetic expression. A lovely balanced and intense 1er cru in the making.