1er Cru Les Chaînes Carteaux 2013
Nuits-Saint-Georges is one of those magical names that visitors recite like a rosary. Known the whole world over,
Nuits-Saint-Georges has the original profile of a genuine wine village, but on the scale of a small town.
Halfway between Dijon and Beaune, and with an easterly exposure, the vineyards of Nuits-Saint-Georges extend over 6 kilometres, with 140 hectares of Premier Cru vines. The range of soils, exposure and locations here creates a great diversity of terroirs. The area is bisected by the valley of the small Meuzin river, and the village itself.
In the 19th century, this climat was called "Champ de Quarteau". People say that the vine that had been planted in this ancient field didn't yield much wine: only a quartaut (= quarter). In Burgundy this word would describe a quarter of a big barrel amounting to 57 litres.
Grape variety: pinot noir
Soils: marls, sand and pebbles from the top of the hill.
Pruning: Guyot system
Harvest date: 10 October 2013.
The grapes were handpicked. They were sorted a first time in the vineyard and again on the sorting table when they arrived at the winery.
At the winery: the grapes are entirely destemmed but not crushed (they remain whole) and transferred by gravity into a vat. Maceration lasts 22 days, with more or less frequent cap punching.
Maturation: aged on the lees for 12 months with no racking using a proportion of 35% new French oak barrels.
Barrels: French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time for very delicate oaking.
Bottling: The wine was not fined but was very gently filtered before being bottled using gravity in October 2014.
2013 , a tardy but typically Burgundian vintage
With harvests in October once again, sorting the grapes was key to the success of this vintage. After 10 days of picking and around a month of vinification, the wines began ageing in oak at the end of October. Some excellent acidity foretells of wines with good keeping potential for both whites and reds.
Ageing potential: 10 years and more.
The color, of a beautiful intensity, is brilliant ruby red. The nose exudes aromas of small fruits such as blackcurrant and cherry as well as some spicy notes. On the palate, this suave and rather full-bodied wine is very rich.