2011 Nuits St Georges Domaine Emmanuel Rouget

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Average critic rating : 88.0 points



A discreet touch of wood sets off the very fresh and cool red currant, earth and a touch of the sauvage. There is supple and attractively textured quality to the middle weight flavors that offer good verve on the balanced finish. A quality villages. Tasted: Jan 14, 2013. Drink: 2017+

Nephew of the brilliant Henri Jayer , Emmanuel Rouget farms the former holdings of the Jayer brothers in grand cru Echézeaux and the Vosne-Romanée premier crus of Beauxmonts and Cros Parantoux. Many winemakers proclaim Henri Jayer as an inspiration, but to Emmanuel Rouget he was a genuine mentor and stylistically the wines are similar.

After working part time for Jayer during school holidays, he joined the domaine full time in 1977, until starting out on his own in 1985. As Henri Jayer moved into retirement he started to work the vines of his uncle, along with those of Henri’s two brothers, Georges and Lucien.

The winemaking follows the methods of Henri Jayer: as with all great winemakers, the bulk of the work is done in the vineyards and intervention in the winery is minimal. The top wines are aged in 100% new oak. The end result is rich and lush Pinot Noir: a full-on style of red Burgundy, which commands high prices and ages well. His Vosne-Romanée Cros Parantoux is very much a cult wine.

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