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Chauvenet Nuits-Saint-Georges Les Damodes 2012 [BH 89-92]


Item Number 758
Price $79.95
In Stock: 2

Product Description

Allen Meadows awarded this wine 89-92 points in conjunction with the following comments: “There is enough reduction present to knock down the nose and render it difficult to assess. By contrast there is good freshness and intensity to the detailed and minerally flavors that possess a refined texture before culminating in a spicy and mildly austere finish. The close proximity to Vosne is very much in evidence.”

With no less than seven premier crus complemented by serious Bourgogne Rouge and Villages-level cuvées, the comprehensive scope of Chauvenet’s vineyard holdings over their 9.5 hectares is among the greatest in the appellation. The wines of Nuits-Saint-Georges are not soft in their youth, but that is the true character of the terroir: robust tannins, dark fruit, and a mineral infusion from the iron-inflected soils that, taken together, can only come from this singular district. The estate’s holdings are farmed with the underlying objective of achieving certification as an organic grower in the coming years. Harvest is manual. Vinification is classic with 100% destemming and a brief period of cold maceration followed by two to three weeks of cuvaison, the length of which is determined by the appellation and the inherent structure of each wine. A decanting follows and then the wine is moved into small barrels where the malolactic occurs. An elevage of about 18 months occurs and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration.