2012 Nuits St Georges Les Chaignots Mugneret-Gibourg

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£108.00 DP

Average critic rating : 94.0 points



The 2012 Nuits St Georges les Chaignots , aged in 40% to 45% new oak, has a perfumed, graceful bouquet with very pure red cherries and wild strawberry fruit, not so far from the Vosne-Romanée 2012 in style, but with a slight pastille-like element that emerges with aeration. The palate is supple on the entry with very fine tannin, quite sappy in the mouth, with fine salinity toward the elegant finish. There is a good backbone here, great focus with moderate length. Again, this is a sublime expression of the vintage. ||It is always a pleasure to return to one of my favorite growers in Burgundy. Tasting with Marie-Christine, she told me that they wait two or three months after the blending to allow the wine to settle. They push the wine using neutral gas (nitrogen) to obviate the use of pumps. "It is important to have a delicate bottling," she told me. "Bottling is the last moment that we can do something to the wine." The other nugget of information that she told me was that the first vintage of Ruchottes-Chambertin, the 1977, was not bottled because there was an inexplicable and undesirable smokiness in the wine. I was not moved to give the 2012 Ruchottes-Chambertin a perfect score on this occasion - I'm ruthlessly strict on bestowing "perfection" upon a wine. What is more important in my opinion, is that anyone lucky enough to have a bottle of this wine in their cellar, is in possession of an exquisite, beguiling Grand Cru. And let's see how it unfolds in the future. eRobertParker.com.June, 2015


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