Côte de Nuits 2012 vintage

Despite hearing several estate owners moaning about low yields and hailstorms, the Côtes de Nuits actually had a pretty good harvest and 2012 looks like following in the footsteps of 2009/2010.

Despite the losses from your usually “disease” suspects the “sensitive” subject of yields leads us to the conclusion that yields weren’t down that much. And thanks to a September that gave generous amounts of sun (at least until the 20-25th) the best vineyards (“climats”) gave excellent quality grapes.

There is however, a considerable difference in quality between most “village” appellations and the 1er and Grand Crus. The latter showing mature black fruits (cherry & blackcurrant) and flowers similar to 2010, but with less acidity and more body. There is concentrated matter but nothing heavy…great balance.

From my tasting, I believe the Pinots have a very rich body, without being rustic. They have harmony and great tannins as well as ripe fruit. Although their is acidity, it doesn’t dominate. I believe 2012 will be good to cellar for a few years.

Best notes

Marsannay:

Doing very well, thanks to some top winemakers and an “organic” attitude that’s paying off.

Bruno Clair – Marsannay village Les Grasse Têtes

Philippe Naddef – Marsannay village Les Genelières

Gevrey Chambertin:

Excellent vintage, mainly thanks to the super 1er & Grand Crus.

Stéphane Magnien – Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru

David Duband – Chambertin Grand Cru

Domaine Heresztyn-Mazzini – 1er Cru les Champonnets

Vincent et Denis Berthaut – village Clos des Chezeaux

Chambolle-Musigny, Morey Saint Denis, Vougeot:

A classic vintage, without it being outstanding, except for the higher appellations, which could go above 2009!!

Domaine David Duband – Clos de la Roche

Maison Alex Gambal – Chambolle-Musigny 1er cru Les Charmes

Domaine Amiot-Servelle – Chambolle Musigny 1er cru “Derrière la Grange”

Maison Bouchard Père et Fils – Bonnes Mares Grand Cru

Domaine Faiveley – Chambolle Musigny 1er cru “Aux Beaux Bruns”

Domaine de la Pousse d’Or – Chambolle Musigny 1er Cru “Groseilles” et “Clos de la Roche” grand cru.

Stéphane Magnien  – Morey-Saint-Denis 1er cru “Aux Petites Noix” et “Les Faconnières”

Nuits -Saint-Georges, Vosne Romanée

Undoubtably the “winning” village. A great harvest with small yields, yet healthy and mature that will lead to concentrated wines with great balance.

Michel Noellat – NSG 1er cru Les Boudots

Lucien Boillot NSG 1er cru Les Pruliers

Henri Gouges NSG 1er cru les Vaucrains

Georges Noellat Grands Echezeaux grand cru

Domaine Confuron-Gindre Echezeaux grand cru

Maison Bouchard Père et Fils – Echezeaux grand cru

Georges Mugneret-Giboourg 1er cru les Vignes Rondes

Domaine des Perdrix NSG 1er cru Terres Blanches

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