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Nuits-Saint-Georges Cailles

Premier Cru

Grape Variety :

Pinot Noir

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Vineyard

Site: at the heart of the Côte de Nuits, the town of Nuits has its own Hospices, world-renowned vineyards and, of course, ancient traditions.
The Premier Cru Cailles is located in the south part of the Nuits-Saint-Georges vineyard, near the Saint-Georges, with an east/south-east exposure.
History & tradition: the name "Nuits" may come from "noyer" (walnut tree), a not very frequent tree in this region. As a matter of fact, the hillsides in Burgundy were covered with oak trees at the time the Romans arrived.
"Cailles" might derive from the Latin word "calculu", referring to the type of soil composed of stones.
Soil: on clay mixed with limestone pebbles, producing powerful and long lasting wines.

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Viticulture

Plantation density: 10,000 vinestocks/ha in order to extract as much as possible from the terroir and limit the production of each vine stock.
Pruning: Guyot.
Yield: 40 hl/ha - purposely low, in order for the grapes to reveal every nuance of the terroir.
Grape Supply: grapes and wines provided by regular supply partners.

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Vinification

Maceration:
- maceration and vinification take 2 to 3 weeks
- indigenous yeasts
- maceration and fermentation temperatures under total control.

Joseph Drouhin seeks total control of the process of extraction; extraction gives colour and substance but should never be detrimental to the finesse and typical character of the wine.

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Ageing

Type: in barrels (20% in new oak)
Length: 14 to 18 months
Origin of the wood: French oak forests
Weathering of the wood: Joseph Drouhin insists on total control of the weathering for a period of 3 years, one of the contributing elements to the elegance of the wine

Throughout the ageing process, decisions are taken only after careful tasting evaluation, barrel by barrel. The data obtained is then completed through technical analysis. As with every other Joseph Drouhin wine, absolute priority is given to the true expression of terroir and character of the vintage.

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Tasting note by Véronique Boss-Drouhin

"Beautiful deep garnet colour. Intense aromas resminiscent of small black berries which mingle with hints of wood and balsam. On the palate, this wine is ample and displays a good structure with elegant tannins. Very flavourful aftertaste with light notes of spices.
Excellent ageing potential".

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Vintage

The wines display bright red shades. They are charming and full. The Grands Crus can be kept over 10 years. They are similar to 2011 wines with a little more concentration.

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Serving

Temperature: 16°C (61-62°F).
Cellaring: 5 to 25 years.

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