Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Organic

Côte de Nuits

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

The vineyard for this wine is located just above the classic Côte de Nuits appellations. The soil consists largely of limestone that is well suited to Chardonnay and gives it its fresh character and fine minerality. The area planted with Chardonnay covers just 120 hectares. The vineyard has a plant density of 3,500 vines per hectare and is certified organic. The grapes were hand picked into small 20kg crates to avoid damage to the precious Chardonnay flavours.

Vintage Information

Overall, 2013 was a classic vintage, 'very Burgundian' in the sense that harvest was late (75% of the grapes were picked in October). Small production (yields were reduced by on average 30-40%) due to climatic influences including coulure and millerandage, and an incident of hail in the Côte de Beaune.

Vinification

The wine was whole-bunch pressed and transferred into barrels without settling following fermentation. The wine was aged for 10 months in French oak barrels (25% new) without racking or batonnage to accentuate the more delicate, mineral qualities of the wine. The wine was very lightly filtered and fined, bottled using gravity.

Tasting Notes

A very intense bouquet with notes of grapefruit and lemon. Lovely tension on the palate and excellent length.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2013
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%
Acidity 6.89g/l
Wine pH 3.38