A south facing vineyard with rows planted north to south to reduce mid day sun burn. This is somewhat counterintuitive to 2016 and 2017 where I found the wine to dense, chewy and long keeping. The 2018, a more generous vintage, has yielded a cool, almost minty and certainly pomegranate, watermelon feel. It's rare to feel the combination of such gorgeous fruits along with this freshness and verve. 2023 to 2030
Producer Information: Domaine Jean Chauvenet
These cellars, carefully managed since 1990 by Jean's son in law Christophe Drag, are just off the main road. Fork right as you go north out of town and you will be treated to some of the best around. Vineyard holdings are relatively large here but in Bousselots, Vaucrains and Perrieres; Christophe has some of the finest 1er Cru vineyards in the Cotes de Nuits. Truly outstanding in recent years such as 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. He harvests into very small crates and so cleaner and less damaged fruit can be moved directly into the fermentation vats without the need of auger or pump. Almost all the fruit was de-stemmed and there is a cool pre-fermentation maceration for 5 to 6 days.
There are two 1er Cru vineyards north of town and two south. As the village wine incorporates some of the 1er Cru and finer village vineyards it is a very good buy for drinking in 2 or 3 years.
Christophe often delays harvest for the higher vineyards such as Damodes and Perrieres.