Nuits St Georges has been in the shadow of its illustrious neighbour, Vosne-Romanée, for too long. Our Burgundy tastings over the years, together with professional blind tastings such as the summer’s annual Burgfest, have consistently highlighted the great quality Nuits can attain. We felt that a spotlight of its very own was long overdue, so gathered together from our own stocks 26 different Nuits St Georges’ spanning seven top producers and ten different Premier Cru vineyards across the 2007 & 2008 vintages. We tasted the attached list of wines in our cellars at St James’s Street yesterday, it is fair to say the overall quality put a distinct spring in everyone’s Monday morning step. Our buying and sales teams voted for their top five wines, the famous five with the most votes are listed below.
A spotlight on Nuits-St Georges
As the second largest appellation in the Côte de Nuits, after Gevrey-Chambertin, and one of the centres of commerce for the largest local negociants, Nuits St Georges' wines have in the past been prone to variability. This and perhaps the lack of a Grand Cru has resulted in the unfair general perception that this is somehow one of the lesser Côte de Nuits communes. However the re-emergence over the last few years of great 'Nuits' domaines such as Henri Gouges and Faiveley, Chevillon's continued brilliance and the excellent Nuits Cuvées made by prestigious addresses in neighbouring Vosne-Romanée, and a much brighter picture is revealed.
Nuits St Georges is a large and complex area but there is no doubting its excellent potential. Whilst there may be no Grand Crus (yet!), the area boasts no fewer than 36 Premiers Crus spanning 6km, many of these rank among Burgundy’s finest vineyards. These are split amongst: The Northern side adjoining Vosne, where the clay and limestone mix can make for silky and distinctly Vosne-like wines- Murgers, Thorey, Chaignots, Bousselots, Richemone and Boudots amongst them; the middle part of Nuits where the slope is narrower and the top soil more stony, complimenting the clay subsoil, here the wines are the essence of Nuits, mineral, fortifying and intense – the finest among them being Pruliers, Vaucrains, Cailles and Les St Georges; finally the South side in the Premeaux commune, where the slope is at its narrowest and the soils are at their rockiest and most diverse, the wines can be the most brooding in their youth – notable vineyards here are the Clos de la Marechale, Clos de L’Arlot and Clos des Grandes Vignes.
All wines are available for immediate delivery. Our top five selection is below. See the attachment for the full list of wines that we tasted.