Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru "Les Saint-Georges" 2011 MAGNUM - Alain Michelot
The Saint-Georges 1er cru wines are simply the best in Nuits-Saint-Georges. They combines the power of Vaucrains with the complexity of the Cailles and the intensity of the Porêts. Some persistent rumors are circulating in recent years and argue this climate could become a "Grand Cru". Only time will tell. In any case, this climate is considered as one of the most ancient, since this locality was already planted in 1000. Donated in 1023 by Humbert, archdeacon of Autun, to the chapter of St. Denis in Vergy; barony on which depended the village of Nuits. It would have belonged to a fraternity of St. George founded by the Barber family Peulle, in 1470. At the end of the last century, Nuits was allowed to join the famous vintage "Saint-Georges" to its name. The deep color announces the aromatic complexity dominated by the purity of the fruity aroma, evolving towards roasting and spices notes, mixed with fine animal and wild nuances; musk and fur. The rich and complex structure combines power and elegance. A wine with a very good ageing potential.
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||1.5 L|
|Main grape||Pinot Noir|
|Grapes||100% Pinot Noir|
|When to drink||2021-2041|
2011 in Burgundy, is a relatively early vintage. The vine pushed smoothly until June, with almost three weeks early due to a particularly hot spring. In July, with the freshness and rain, the cycle has slowed, but sets out again in August, milder months. In the end, the wines do not lack wealth, but it is the delicacy of the tannins (for red) that makes the charm of the vintage, and low acidity makes them supple wines. The tannins are silky, pleasant fruit wines but sometimes lack a bit of "pep" and as they are already very pleasant we think probably not at a very high guard.
The de-nights-ribs well with the character typed but already pleasant to taste the fruit. Fairly fine material but that one should not spoil by too supported farms. In side-de-Beaune, the reds are also fruity and pleasant, with less structure in 2010 or 2009, but an easy character quite nice. The southern part (Volnay, Pommard) seems more successful than the northern part. The whites are of a style rather digestible and fresh, easy at first, but sometimes lack a little depth.