Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits

Côte de Nuits

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory...

Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy. Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from 'lieu-dits' or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

The vineyard for this wine is located just above the classic Côte de Nuits appellations at an altitude of 450m. The soil consists largely of limestone that is well suited to Chardonnay and gives it its fresh character and fine minerality. The area planted with Chardonnay covers just 120 hectares. The vineyard has a plant density of 3,500 vines per hectare. The grapes were hand picked into small 20kg crates to avoid damage to the precious Chardonnay flavours.

Vintage Information

Severe frost on 20th of December damaged the vines and a slow flowering resulted in further loss of yield. The summer was not very hot, but fortunately sun at the beginning of September along with low yields ensured optimum ripening. The window for harvesting was small because the weather worsened towards the end of September. Picking began on the 25th of September in the Côte de Nuits. A small harvest of great quality.

Vinification

The grapes were whole bunch pressed, which is a gentle way of extracting the precious flavours and aromas, before the must was chilled to 12°C and transferred into barrels without settling, to conserve as much lees as possible. The wine was aged for 12 months in French oak barrels, without racking or batonnage to accentuate the mineral qualities of the wine. 25% of the barrels were new, made from French wood. The wine was very lightly filtered and fined with bentonite then bottled using gravity.

Tasting Notes

The 2010 is golden yellow in colour with attractive notes of ripe fruits and white flowers on the nose. The palate is rich and full for a wine at this level, with stone fruits and mineral flavours too, supported by balanced acidity and a dry but lasting juicy finish.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2010
Grape varieties 100% Chardonnay
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%