3 bottle pack.
This adjoins the 1er Cru vineyard of the same name, first planted by monks from the Abbey of Cluny. This is not at all shy for a village wine. Good depth and one of those 2018 village wines that might be 1er Cru in another year.
Pure and bright with a deep, ripe looking tone to the eye. The style is black cherry and loganberry with more than a pinch of Morey spice. There is wonderful intensity, extract and blueberry skin freshness that will be ideal with spring lamb. 2018 is a vintage of depth and ripeness; a great early summer wine for rare meats, cold cuts and all those runny and stinky Burgundian and Alpine cheeses.
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’.