Thatch and tweed. If Vosne-Romanée is the paragon of Burgundian sophistication, then neighbor Nuits-St-Georges has the humbler charm of a country gentleman. Spread across five miles of varied terroir, the wines of Nuits-St-Georges range from spiced and elegant to meaty and rich. But most consider “classic” Nuits to come from the section south of town, which contains the “les Saint Georges” vineyard.
Today’s wine is from Michel Gros, a master winemaker based in nearby Vosne-Romanée. His Nuits-St-Georges “les Chaliots” comes from south of the village, just a hundred yards from the famous “Saint Georges.” It’s quintessential Nuits-St-Georges, with the signature richness and sturdiness found in the heart of the appellation.
We’ve managed to secure the last few cases of the excellent 2012 NSG Chaliots still in Gros’s cellar. We’ll be bringing it in with the January Futures (to be released next Sunday), but we’re opening up the bidding early; if there’s any left by Sunday we’ll include it in the Futures brochure.
Exquisite. Pinot Noir from Burgundy may not be known for its boldness, but this is not a wine that’s easy to forget. In 2012, an extremely low-yield vintage made for wines of unusual depth and concentration. This wine has Gros’s signature style, with an enticing, silky bouquet of redcurrants and licorice. In the mouth it’s meaty and dense, showing cassis, toast, plum, and a bit of game.
Jancis Robinson listed Gros as one of five “overperforming” red Burgundy producers in 2012. Burghound (Allen Meadows) called the 2012 Chaliots “complex, balanced, and lingering,” finding a “velvety mouthfeel” and “fine volume.” With four years in the bottle, this has begun to drink extraordinarily well, but it will improve over another 3-4 years in the cellar, if you can keep your hands off it.
Today, given a half hour in a carafe or decanter, this wine will transport you to the Burgundy of centuries ago — think woven tapestries, roasted meats, and ancient stone chateaux. Speaking of roasted meats, this bottle matches perfectly with a steak — use a cast-iron skillet and finish it in the oven.
In short, this is a rare shot at exquisite red Burgundy, four years on from the harvest, with perfect cellaring and 40% off retail (thanks, Euro:Dollar). As always, orders are first come, first served.
GROS Nuits-St-Georges “Chaliots” 2012
Ansonia Retail: $816/case
Futures Price: $495/case ($41.25/bot)
AVAILABLE BY THE CASE AND HALF CASE
This is an advance order, part of the January Futures program, which will be released 1/15/17
Email Tom to place an order.
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