Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge, ‘Dames de Vergy’, Domaine Guyon, Burgundy, France, 2017

Nice ruby/purple robe with aromas of small red fruits. Elegant, delicious, pleasurable, with soft tannins. This wine is easy drinking now and can be kept for 5 years.

Grape Variety: Pinot Noir

Additional information

ABV %

Body

Bottle Size

Country

Food Pairing

, ,

Grape Variety

Producer

Region / Appellation

,

Sweetness

Colour

£22.50

FREE wine delivery when you spend over £100

Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge, ‘Dames de Vergy’, Domaine Guyon, Burgundy, France, 2017

Tasting Note

Nice ruby/purple robe with aromas of small red fruits. Elegant, delicious, pleasurable, with soft tannins. This wine is easy drinking now and can be kept for 5 years.

Producer Info

The Guyon estate is one of the most prestigious in Burgundy, spreading amongst the most of renowned villages of the Côte d’Or,is owned by the Guyon family, in the wine trade since many generations. The two brothers, Michel and Dominique, watch over the destinies of this huge estate of 11 9 acres. The vineyard is impeccably kept, with complete ploughing, moderate improvement of the soil with the sole use of manure. The harvest is also given much attention. The picking of the grapes is made with delicacy, in 40 kg caskets. Within 30 minutes, the grapes are sorted out in the vineyard and a second time in the cellars, the raw material nearing perfection. The harvesters are regular helpers and familiar with the vineyard, some coming now for 25 years. The Domaine Guyon offers an exceptional range, mostly in the Premiers Crus and the Grands Crus, from Gevrey- Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny, from Aloxe-Corton up to Savigny-lès-Beaune, Beaune, Volnay and Meursault. In the 1960’s, Antonin Guyon then aged 55, buys plots of vineyard in a range of appellations covering the two hills from Gevrey-Chambertin to Meursault.

After great efforts, his son Dominique manages to bring together in 1970 some 350 plots belonging to almost 80 different owners from the commune of Meuilley in the Hautes Côtes de Nuits: 54 acres facing south, an excellent soil finishing off the family range.

Today in their Savigny-lès-Beaune cellars, the two brothers look after the winemaking of more than fifteen different appellations. Together, Michel, Dominique and now daughter Hombeline take care of the administration and sales. With the help of Vincent Nicot, their vineyard manager and cellar master, Dominique conducts the vinification.

Vineyard

Meuilley, near Nuits-Saint-Georges. The vineyard covers 20 hectares (49.40acres) on South-facing slopes and is well-known for the quality of its wines.

Harvest and Vinification

Hand-harvested, the grapes are then carried in small boxes and sorted out upon arrival at the winery. Fermentation during 10/12 days in wooden open vats, with punching down of the cap and temperature control.

Ageing in oak barrels and estate bottling after 12 months.

Regional Info

Hautes Cotes de Nuits is the appellation for red, white and rose wines produced from vineyards on the hautes cotes (high slopes) of the northern Cote d’Or. Created in 1961, it is clearly distinguished from the more-prestigious vineyards located on the mid-slopes below, which fall under the eight communal and 23 Grand Cru appellations of the Cote de Nuits.

The majority of Hautes Cotes wines are red, made predominantly from Pinot Noir. Chardonnay is most commonly used grape for white wines, which account for 25% of output. Rose (or clairet) wines are produced from Pinot Noir and constitute only a fraction of total production.

The terroir of the Hautes Cotes, particularly the climate, differs noticeably from that of the lower slopes to the east. The higher altitude of the vineyards (985–1310ft/300–400m) means that the grapes sometimes struggle to ripen fully, leading to less richly flavored, less-complex wines. To minimize the impact of this cooler climate, the Hautes Cotes vineyards are most often planted on south- and west-facing slopes which benefit from maximum exposure to the sun’s warmest rays. In terms of soil make-up, Hautes Cotes vines are largely planted on sites with marlstone sub-strata, rather than the chalky soils which dominate the lower slopes. That said, there are clear outcrops of bright white limestone in various places, marked out by the quarries which dot the landscape.

The Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits appellation covers roughly 1730 acres (700ha), spread across 20 communes in the Cote d’Or. Together, they produce around 3.5 million bottles every vintage. The corresponding appellation for the southern half of the Cote d’Or is, unsurprisingly, Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune. The dividing line between these two viticultural sub-regions is the village of Magny-les-Villers, below the northern slopes of Montagne de Corton.

Reviews

There are no reviews yet.

Be the first to review “Hautes Côtes de Nuits Rouge, ‘Dames de Vergy’, Domaine Guyon, Burgundy, France, 2017”

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *