Philippe Gavignet, Pinot Noir, Clos des Dames Huguette, Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, Burgundy, France 2017
‘Clos des Dames Huguette’ is a large vineyard located directly above Nuits-Saint-Georges, in the wind-swept hills of the Hautes-Côtes, between 1,050 and 1,200 feet in altitude. Terroir here is similar to the clay-limestone soils of the Côte d’Or, yet top soils are much thinner. This higher perch and rocky terrain translates into a Pinot Noir of serious aromatic definition and cool red fruit flavors; all the depth and concentration you’d expect from Nuits, wrapped in a dashing silky robe.
The style of Gavignet Burgundy brings back the profound elegance of Pinot Noir to Nuits-Saint-Georges, an appellation often known for more structured, meaty wines. Gavignet wines are solid proof that Nuits has the terroir to produce elegant Burgundy but that it requires a conscientious winemaker such as Philippe to craft it. What you’ll discover with his selections are some of Nuits’ most expressive, very-old vine terroirs, with vines planted as far back as the 1920s.
Persistent black fruit, especially, blackcurrant and blackberries. Appealing finesse, pleasant tannins and very well blended. To be enjoyed with roast beef, prime rib, and/or braised meat.
Grape: Pinot Noir
Region: Côte de Nuits