Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru"Les Crots"
- RegionCôte de Nuits
- AppellationNuits-Saint-Georges Premier Cru
- Grape varietyPinot Noir
- Average vine age 25 years
- SoilClay and limestone.
- Average yield40 hl/ha
- HarvestHand picked
- Cellaring Potential7-10 years
- Serving temperature 15-17°
- Situated half-way between Dijon and Beaune, Nuits-Saint-Georges gives its name to the Côte de Nuits. The vineyard of "Les Crots" looks due East and as it is at the top of an escarpment the vines are worked using a terrace system. The soil is shallow and stony. The wines of Nuits-Saint-Georges are well-known for being solid and age-worthy and "Les Crots" does not disappoint us in this respect. With a glistening deep red colour, powerful and complex aromas of small red and black fruits (cherry, blackcurrant) are revealed which evolve into more complex aromas of leather, truffle and spice with hints of liquorice and macerated fruit such as prunes. Whilst young the tannins give this wine backbone and body, but during ageing, the tannins soften and the wine becomes smoother. A true delight!
Vinification & Ageing
- FermentationTraditional in open vats. 100% malolactic fermentation.
- Ageing10 to 12 months ageing in oak barrels, 40% new.
- BarrelsLouis Latour cooperage, French oak, medium toasted.
- Tasting NotePowerful and complex aromas of cherry, blackcurrant and truffle with notes of spices. Full-bodied structure.
- Food PairingRoasted leg of mutton - entrecôte with shallots - mature cheeses.
- Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Crots" 2011 - Wine Spectator - June 2014 - 91/100Tight and linear in profile, with black cherry, black currant and violet flavors. Dense and compact, this remains balanced, if on the firm side for now. Best from 2016 through 2027. By Bruce Sanderson (USA)
- Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Crots" 2010 - Wine Spectator Online USA - October 2013 - 88/100A burst of black currant flavors highlights this elegant red, with woodsy and spicy notes rounding out the spectrum. Firm on the finish. Best from 2016 through 2025.
- Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Crots" 2009 - Wine Spectator - December 2011 - 90/100A rich red, offering a core of cherry surrounded by spice, earth and mineral notes, with a dusting of milk chocolate. Concentrated and Satisfying. Best from 2013 through 2020. (USA)
- Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Crots" 2009 - Decanter - December 2011 - 15.75/20Aroma of hot rubber, capsicum, violet, leather, plum, red and black fruit. Open, earthy, crunchy palate with good acidity, soft tannins and a long, linear finish. (UK)
- Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Crots" 2009 - Burghound.com - May 2011 - 88/100An almost invisible touch of volatile acidity actually adds lift to the otherwise fresh and bright nose of earthy red currant aromas that complement well the round, rich and quite forward flavors that offer reasonably good length if only average complexity. Still, this is pretty enough in its fashion. 2016+. By Allen Meadows (USA).
- Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Crots" 2008 - Allen Meadows' Burghound - April 2010 - 90/100This is also aromatically complex with an admirably pure, elegant and cool red currant, plum and earthy nose that marries into the lilting and surprisingly refined middle weight flavors that, like those of the Damodes, are not particularly concentrated but do deliver good authority and character, all wrapped in a persistent if mildly austere finish. Good quality in a package that should reward up to a decade of cellar time. 90/2016+
- Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Crots" 2007 - Wine Spectator Online - 2010 - 88/100Cherry is the main flavor theme, with wild berry and earth notes adding complexity. This quickly gives way to stiff tannins that endure on the dry finish. Needs some time. Best from 2014 through 2025. 240 cases made. By Bruce Sanderson, USA.
- 2002 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru "Les Crots" - La Revue du Vins de France - February 2006 :Medium color, discreet bouquet with red colored fruit aromas. Floral hints, fairly light palate, with vivacity. Easy drinking wine, yet less expressive. Wait a while.