DOMAINE PHILIPPE GAVIGNET Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru ‘Les Chaboeufs’ 2016 (Organic)
The style of Philippe Gavignet Burgundy “brings back” the profound elegance of Pinot Noir to Nuits-Saint-Georges, an appellation often known for more tannic (and often less balanced) wines. The wines have the floral aromas one might associate with the village of Vosne-Romanee and the smooth texture of wines from Morey-St.-Denis.
Gavignet wines are solid proof that Nuits has the terroir to produce elegant Burgundy but that it requires a conscientious winemaker such as Philippe to craft it.
Gavignet’s vineyards are some of Nuits’ most expressive, very-old-vine terroirs, with vines planted as far back as the 1920s. Yet what’s kept us coming back to this modest cellar is the finesse and harmony of this estate’s honest, hand-crafted wines.
Most of winemaker Philippe Gavignet’s Pinot Noir vines are very old, with a majority planted in the 1930s and 1950s. Vineyards are cared for as naturally as possible, avoiding the use of herbicides and pesticides. Harvest is by hand; wines are aged in a mix of new and older French oak barrels (with no more than one-third new oak). All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Curiously, Gavignet remains an insider’s secret, while “bigger” names in the village garner the attention (and demand ever-higher prices). Yet no other producer even comes close to capturing the true character of this impeccable terroir as does Philippe Gavignet.
Les Chabouefs Half the vineyard was planted in 1950; the rest in 1990 and 1994. The ‘Chaboeufs’ vineyard is nestled into a cool, narrow valley; soils are brown limestone with some clay, stony and iron-rich. ‘Chaboeufs’ is meaty, black-fruited, concentrated — yet retains a cool elegance in both texture and aroma, very captivating. A great wine for the cellar.
Hand-harvested. Cold macerated for nine to 10 days; fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks. Aged in barrel (30% new oak) for 16 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Aromas of autumn leaves, black fruits, baking spices. Plush and elegant; mouth-filling.