The northern half of the Cote d'Or region, the Cote de Nuits is some of the world's prime winemaking real estate, and the spiritual home of Pinot Noir, which makes up 95 percent of the region's plantings. Pinot Noir from the Cote de Nuits has a deeper colour and longer life than wine from Pommard or Volnay, say, further south in the neighbouring Cote de Beaune.
Stretching 16 kilometres north to south and home to 25 Grand Cru sites and 135 Premier Cru appellations, the region's municipal centre is the small town of Nuits-Saint-Georges. While the Cote de Nuits is not as prolific as its southerly neighbour, it is a region that prides itself on quality over quantity. Of the many Grand Cru sites, the prestigious appellations of Vosne-Romanee and Chambolle-Musigny produce ethereal versions of Pinot Noir, usually for a stratospheric price. Nothing comes cheap on the Cote de Nuits, but if you're looking for diamonds (or red rubies) this is the best mine to prospect in.
Delicious old vine wine from Nuits-Saint-Georges, made from grapes grown on 50-year-old vines. Lush and full, this is really great quality wine, particularly at village level. Winemaker Nicolas Potel really shows his skill here.
Classic Nuits-Saint-George from Faiveley, aged in oak for 14-16 months and displaying characteristic dark fruit, appealing layers of spice and balanced silky tannin. Great for the price, and showing plenty of finesse and charm.
Enhanced by the addition of some grapes taken from the Premier Cru site of Les Cazetiers, this is a classic Gevrey-Chambertin with cherry and blackcurrant aromas. If you like your Pinot Noir big, rich and bold then this is for you.
Beguiling old vine Pinot Noir from a parcel of 60-year-old vines, Les Seuvrees lies just to the south of the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, and adjacent to Mazoyeres-Chambertin Grand Cru. Rich aromas and great texture, alongside a well-honed structure and fine tannin make this Gevrey great buying.
We were most pleased to receive an allocation of this deliciously textured Chambolle-Musigny from Nicolas Potel – only seven barrels were produced. Charming, fragrant and lush, this is a total crowd pleaser, though you may want that crowd to be small due to this wine's eminent drinkability.
The vines used in this Chambolle-Musigny are over 50 years old and as a result, the wines have taken on a more masculine style, that retains plenty of the classic Chambolle character. Delicate, fragrant and elegant this is built to last.
Crafted by the enigmatic Nicolas Potel from fruit taken off three old-vine plots in Vosne-Romanee. Plenty of fruit character and a savoury spice note. Very easy-going and should develop nicely into something classy and sophisticated.
Made from 50-year-old vines and our star buy of the Village level wines from the 2013 Burgundy vintage. Packed with dense fruit and lush texture. Superb village level wine, Potel strutting his stuff again. Top effort, and excellent value.
Intense dark colour and explosive aromas on the nose of red and black fruit; cherry, blackberry and blackcurrant indicate the strength and complexity of this vintage coming from low-yielding vines. Half of the wine is matured in new oak providing a solid tannic structure and balanced integration between fruit and oak.
Always one of our favourites, Les Fremieres is a tiny quarter hectare vineyard on the hill overlooking Gilly-les-Citeaux. This wine has richness and freshness in spades, with juicy fruit and silky, savoury tannin. Very consistent, and very easy to recommend.