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Jean-Claude Boisset

BOURGOGNE HAUTES-CÔTES DE NUITS "Dames Huguettes"

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Varietal

100% Pinot Noir

Origins

This appellation is unique as it is considered to be a regional appellation although it is limited to a restricted area. The vineyards run parallel to those of the Côte de Nuits (to the west), but are higher in altitude (between 290 and 450 metres). Over 510 ha are planted with the Pinot Noir grape. The soil resembles that of the Côte de Nuits (limestone and marl). “Les Dames Huguettes” is without a doubt one of the best terroirs in the Hautes-Côtes as it is located just a few hundred metres from the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation.

Vineyard selection and management

The first distinctive feature of this vineyard is that it is 50 years old and naturally produces few grapes. Surrounded by walls, the grapes always reach full maturity. Furthermore, the vines produce very small bunches of Pinot Noir grapes with very thick skins, which guarantees superb concentration of the wine that is made with them. Vine growing techniques are also very particular: limited yields due to severe de-budding, green harvest if needed, working of the soil, no or infrequent use of fertilizers, environmentally friendly pest management, respecting beneficial wildlife.

Vinification and maturing

The grapes are harvested in small, perforated boxes, then are carefully sorted at the winery by a team of 10 people. Next, the grapes are completely de-stemmed but not crushed (they are left whole) and are gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration lasts approximately 3 weeks with punching of the cap as needed.
No additives such as yeast, enzymes or tannins are used so as not to detract from such a precious terroir.
The wine is barrel-aged for 12 months using a relatively low proportion of new oak (< 20 %).
Finally, the wine, which is neither filtered nor fined, is bottled using gravity.

Tasting notes

Visual: brilliant ruby red
Nose: Very expressive with notes of red and black fruit.
Palate: Forward with lots of freshness and elegance. Very fine tannins.

Ageing potential

This wine with its excellent structure will benefit from five to ten years of cellaring.