A notably ripe aromatic profile presents notes of red and blue pinot fruit with floral and earth undertones that introduce robust and overtly muscular middle weight flavors that are delicious yet entirely serious as there is excellent concentration and a firm finish. This is presently quite compact but the tannins are fully mature and this should be a very fine villages with a few years of cellar time.Drink: 2017+
This is our first en primeur offering of the superb Nuits St Georges range from Alain Michelot and his delightful daughter and son-in-law, Elodie and Christian. The Michelots’ winemaking roots date back to the 19th century making them firmly part of the Nuits St Georges establishment, encompassing 8 hectares of some of the finest vineyards in the commune. There is nothing clever or complicated about this estate. Christian has a reputation for being the first on the hillside in the morning and last to leave at night. He even mentioned tending his vines at 3.00 am following the April 2016 frost. They ensure their vines produce optimum quality fruit and intervene minimally in the cellar with limited use of new oak. The Michelot wines are one of the most exciting recent introductions to our list.
Morey St. Dénis often suffers from an identity crisis. They are more fruit forward than the wines of Gevrey Chambertin, yet more structured than those of Chambolle Musigny. It seems in this sensethat they are like middle children, always wanting to please yet not standing out as the noisy one or the notably quiet one. They are however crowd pleasers and for those who feel that Gevreys are too muscular and Chambolles too feminine; Moreys seem just right, offering velvety tannins and tangible fruit. The village offers five grand cru vineyards including Clos de la Roche, Clos St. Dénis and Clos des Lambrays which nonetheless can rival those of neighbouring villages in terms of quality (some even view them as the best in the Côte de Nuits) and various premier cru vineyards.