Nuits-Saint-George "Aux Saints-Juliens" 2007

The vintage

For those of us who like fresh and refreshing wines with fairly low alcohol and bright acidity accompanied by correct aromatic and phenolic maturities, we have been waiting for this vintage for a long time ! The hot and warm months of April and May forewarned an early harvest, likely at the end of August, but the weather changed to chilly and rainy for the rest of the summer. We pushed back the harvest dates because, as was generally the case for this vintage, one of the keys to success was that it could not be rushed. We started at

the very end of August with the reds, and after a few days break, we picked the whites.

The reds show a very fresh nose with vibrant red fruit aromas of raspberry and red currant along with floral notes. We chose to use a significant portion of whole clusters in the fermentation because the grape and stem quality was high. The mouthfeels are full, fleshy and generous. The noses are vibrantly intense ; the tannins are fine, silky and integrated with the fruit ; and overall, there is a sensation of balance and freshness that persists through the long, mineral finish. As for whites, the 2007 vintage represents what we like in noble white wines : grace, heightened minerality and lots of restraint..

Tasting notes

- (the second vintage from a .60 ha parcel of 60+ year old vines; 30% stems). A very earthy yet floral nose of both red and dark berry fruit aromas gives way to unusually elegant flavors for a Nuits villages supported by a delicious, long and lacy finish. This is a Nuits of finesse, again, particularly so for a villages. 2011+

- (tasted from cuve Palish red. Somewhat rustic aromas of iron and leather. Muted and somewhat dry in the mouth, with the leathery rusticity carrying through and currently overshadowing redcurrant fruit. This seemed thin compared to the best wines here from the Cote de Beaune.
By Stephen TANZER