Another lovely quirk as this offers more of a savoury note with hints of cured meat and truffle to compliment juicy red fruits. Again there’s a great mix of lightness and verve along with depth of redcurrant and red cherry fruit. Just a hint of dry herbs on the very finish add to the complexity. Lovely, and I fancy will age well in the mid term. 2025 to 2032
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.