This is easily the most sauvage wine of the range with its nose of smoked meat, plum, cassis, humus and plenty of underbrush. There is a distinctly earthy character to the rich, intense and broad-shouldered flavors that exude a focused power before culminating in a concentrated, long and very serious finish. This brooding and very backward effort will require a long siesta in the cellar before it will be approachable. Drink 2026+
Deep cherry red. Rich, spicy and red fruited on the nose. Ripe cherry and vanilla. Not a great deal of weight in the middle, tannins fine and dry, overall fresh and lively in a slighter style. Drink 2017-2024
The 2012 Nuits St. Georges Les Vaucrains explodes onto the palate with a heady melange of dark red berries, freshly cut roses, cinnamon and new leather. The tannins are there, but they are nearly buried by the intensity of the fruit. The sheer luxuriousness of the fruit will tempt readers early, but those who can wait will be rewarded with an extraordinary Burgundy. This is a great showing. Drink 2024-2037
(13% natural alcohol, with the yield just over 20 hectoliters per hectare): Medium red, a bit less saturated than the Les Saint-Georges. Sexy, very ripe nose offers scents of redcurrant, strawberry, raspberry, mocha, porcini, spices and earth. Boasts excellent sucrosité and early appeal, offering highly concentrated flavors of raspberry, strawberry and mocha. Tannins are ripe, powerful and suave. This almost confectionery wine is much easier to taste today than the Saint-Georges but has the stuffing for a long and graceful evolution in bottle. But it will surely go through a sullen stage in bottle at some point in the near future. Drink 2027-2038
The second largest town after Beaune, Nuits St. Georges is known for ample wines that have textured tannins and rich fruit. Unlike other famous Côte de Nuits villages, it has no Grand Crus but does have a handful of exceptional premier cru vineyards such as Clos de l'Arlot, Les Pruliers and AuxMurgers. Its wines can be occasionally rustic, and this sets them apart from many of the more northern appellations as well as from the neighbouring Côte de Beaune whose wines (apart from Pommard) tend to be less structured and more fruit forward. This is no doubt due to a slightly increased presence of clay especially on the Primeaux-Prissey area of the appellation. Notable producers include Domaine de l'Arlot, Jean Grivot and Meo-Camuzet.