The 2015 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Cailles 1er Cru has a much tighter and more backward nose compared *directly with the 2015 Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair Nuits Saint-Georges Clos des Grands Vignes 1er Cru, but there is attractive marine-tinged black fruit here that will eventually be "let off the leash.” The palate is medium-bodied and displays some quality new oak on the entry that needs time to be subsumed, although the vintage bestowed sufficient fruit to soak that up. This needs a decade in bottle and then I believe it will turn into a very serious proposition. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting. 2024-2048
Bright ruby-red. Very ripe black fruit aromas are currently a bit less expressive and aromatic than those of the Pruliers. Then juicy, detailed and firm on the palate, offering excellent detail and energy to its ripe black fruit and chocolate flavors. Displays excellent concentration and texture in a distinctly dark style. Finishes with serious but very suave tannins that spread out subtly to dust the palate. Nuits-Saint-Georges with compelling depth and refinement. The crop level here was less than 25 hectoliters per hectare, according to Chevillon, who noted that "there were a lot of berries but they never sized up."
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.