Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Aux Chaignots" 2003 - Alain Michelot
Chaignots comes from the old French word "Chasne", which gave the modern word "chesne" then "chêne" (oak in modern French), with the Burgundy suffix "ot". Place where oaks grow. Located in the North part of the vineyard, in Nuits-Saint-Georges territory, les Chaignots represent 5h86. The wine offers a sustained colour, complex, intensely aromatic richness to the nose with fruity nuances that evolve towards soft floral scents. With ageing, balsamic, venison, musk and liquorice notes complete a fine, subtle and distinguished aromatic range. 8 hectares vineyard estate located in Nuits-Saint-Georges, close to the town hall, right in the heart of Nuits-Saint-Georges. This is one of the flagship estate of the commune of Nuits. Even if Alain Michelot remains somewhat here at the estate, his daughter, Elodie, is basically the one in charge of the wines production. She joined the family estate in 1996, followed by her husband in 1998. Without losing the power that has established the estate reputation, the wines have gained in finesse and elegance. Even if they are best enjoyed when they are young, they need some time to become harmonious. The vineyard has a nice range of “Premiers Crus” (first growths) in Nuits-Saint-Georges and, since 2010, manages a parcel of Clos Vougeot.
|Bottle Size||0.75 L|
|Appellation||Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru|
|Main grape||Pinot Noir|
|Grapes||100% Pinot Noir|
|When to drink||2013-2028|
Marked by extraordinary drought conditions and sunshine ever recorded since 1822! 2003 is primarily an early vintage. Because of the numerous climatic disasters that have threatened the quality of grapes (frost in April, hail in June and July, grilled grapes in August), the crop suffered remarkably severe selection, necessary step to ensure a beautiful vintage. Where low-volume products, 30% to 40% lower than in 2002. In the end, the grapes selected, perfectly healthy, gave sumptuous wines, certainly low in acidity but still perfectly balanced. Rich or opulent, red wines have wonderful aromas of blackberry, black currant, black cherry, spices and licorice, and exhibit exceptional palate density and length, reminiscent of the legendary 1929. Remarkably large and sweet, whites are marked by delicious aromas of white fruit, citrus and toasted almonds, not without evoking the memorable 1947 and 1959.