More subtle if not invisible wood sets off the earthier and more evidently Nuits-like nose of red raspberry, dark cherry and whiffs of the sauvage. The more mineral-driven and sleekly muscular flavors possess a beguiling sense of underlying tension that continues onto the driving, super-intense and saline-inflected finish. This is definitely firmer and will need at least a few years of bottle age first. This too is very good. Outstanding Top value. Drink 2025+
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.