One of my favorite parts of Burgundy is Premeaux – and since I seem to be the only one to think that Premeaux should have its own appellation – l think its fair to assume that it will continue to be a part of Nuits-Saint-Georges for now.
I have covered many of the Premeaux monopoles, but somehow I never got around to Clos des Grandes Vignes – the monopole within Les Grandes Vignes and the only 1er cru below RN974.
In a sense the focus on the location below the road is a bit out of proportions .. as the truth is always to be found in the glass. To be honest I think Louis-Michel Liger-Belair has proved in recent vintages that magnificent wines can be made even below the RN974 – at least from this monopole in the northern part of Premeaux
But lets leave the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges and go south to Premeaux and turn left just before we enter the village ..
Premeaux-Prissy – the missing appellation
The Premeaux appellation was lost in the classification .. and the vineyards are now a part of the large and diverse Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation.
To the north we have one or perhaps even two sections, that are more closely related to Vosne-Romanée. South of the Nuits-Saint-Georges town we have the “classic Nuit-Saint-Georges” with vineyards like Les Saint-Georges, and after this section we have the last and southern part of Nuits-Saint-Georges – the Premeaux area – or if you like the Premeaux-Prissey appellation.
- Clos des Grandes Vignes
- Les Forêts
- Aux Perdrix
- Aux Corvées
- Aux Corvées Pagets
- Clos St. Marc
- Les Argilliéres
- Clos Arlot
- Clos de la Maréchale
The Premeaux appellation – most of it shown on the map above – is in my view a very interesting area with several monopoles and a area that has experienced a tremendous improvement in quality the last 10 to 15 years. Just take Clos des Corvées from Domaine Prieure-Roch, Clos de la Maréchales from Domaine J.-F. Mugnier and finally Clos des Grandes Vignes made by Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair since 2012 – the topic of this article.
As it can be seen Les Grandes Vignes and with that Clos des Grandes Vignes is located below Clos des Corvées Pagets and partly Clos Saint-Marc. But lets go to the details …