One of the most classic of all red 1er Crus this is high up and beside the famous Clos St Jacques. Somewhat sandy and more friable soils spawn a more energized and spring water pure red. These sites are very low yielding in the warmer 2020 vintage and so quantities down a little. Here the mid palate is concentrated to the point of numbing. Fruits are just that little more attainable compared to the Grand Cru, though the overall quality is very close indeed. 2028 to 2039
Producer Information: Frederic Esmonin
The name Esmonin is synonymous with the village of Gevrey-Chambertin (Sylvie Esmonin is a cousin). Father and son, André and Frederic, established their tiny property primarily clustered in Gevrey-Chambertin. These wonderful vineyards are still managed by André, who was bottling quality reds here at les Estournelles long before the fashion for domaine bottled burgundy took off. The vines are managed, not always with the aim of reducing yield to produce soupy concentration, but to achieve a balance between expression and concentration; a good deal of finesse and some fat to the wines. Vine age exceeds 40 years in some parcels, including their Grand Cru sites in Ruchottes-Chambertin and Mazy-Chambertin.
André is, in his modest way, one of most knowledgeable of Nuits vignerons. He remembers details of vintages back to the 1950s and planted vines with his father in the 1940s. He is not a big fan of intervention, especially green harvesting, as he believes that ‘more often than not, it is an attempt to correct mistakes that have been made in the pruning and longer term management of vineyards’.