Country: France Region: Burgundy
Varietal: Pinot Noir
Vintage: 2012 Colour: Red Style: Dry
Producer: Maison Joseph Drouhin
Site: the appellation is elongated, with two different sections, north and south, separated by a little stream that crosses the town. The hillside is quite steep, but the vineyards have an excellent east exposure.
Histoire & tradition: an emblematic wine, closely linked to the gastronomy of Burgundy. Great chefs, such as Escoffier, and Brillat-Savarin (the famous cook-book writer), have praised these wines very highly.
Soil: there are outcroppings of hard chalk in many places. The northern part of Nuits, close to Vosne, produces wines of great finesse. The southern part, with its rockier soil, gives powerful and long lasting wines.
Plantation density: 10,000 vinestocks/ha in order to extract as much as possible from the terroir and limit the production of each vine stock.
Yield: 45 hl/ha - purposely low, in order for the grapes to reveal every nuance of the terroir.
Grape Supply: grapes and wines provided by regular supply partners.
Maceration: maceration and vinification take 2 to 3 weeks
maceration and fermentation temperatures under total control.
Joseph Drouhin seeks total control of the process of extraction; extraction gives colour and substance but should never be detrimental to the finesse and typical character of the wine.
Type: in barrels (20% in new oak)
Length: 14 to 18 months
Origin of the wood: French oak forests
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine
Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation, barrel by barrel. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.
Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin
"Deep red colour. The aromas are powerful and elegant, with notes of cherry and blackberry, as well as hints of cedar wood evolving towards gamey touches. On the palate: beautiful balance between structure and softness. The long aftertaste is reminiscent of fruit syrups and mild spices".
The wines offer a good breadth highlighted by fresh acidity. The tannic structure is not too present and the balance of the wine should confer a good ageing potential.
In Côte de Nuits they display nice intensity and maturity.
Temperature: 16°C (61-62°F).
Cellaring: 5 to 25 years.