Red, Ready, but will improve

2009 Côtes de Nuits Villages, Domaine Denis Bachelet

2009 Côtes de Nuits Villages, Domaine Denis Bachelet

Red | Ready, but will improve | Code:  6739 | 2009 | France > Burgundy > Cote de Nuits > Cote de Nuits Villages | Pinot Noir | Medium-Full Bodied, Dry | 12.5 % alcohol

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The Wine Advocate

91/100

The Wine Advocate - The 2009 Cote de Nuits Villages is less perfumed than the 2010 tasted alongside it, but compensates for that with extraordinary purity and finesse in its dark fruit. It shows gorgeous depth and richness all the way through to the supple, inviting finish. This is a very typical 2009 with terrific overall balance. Anticipated maturity: 2012-2019.
Antonio Galloni - 26/04/2012

The Grape

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is probably the most frustrating, and at times infuriating, wine grape in the world. However when it is successful, it can produce some of the most sublime wines known to man. This thin-skinned grape which grows in small, tight bunches performs well on well-drained, deepish limestone based subsoils as are found on Burgundy's Côte d'Or.

Pinot Noir is more susceptible than other varieties to over cropping - concentration and varietal character disappear rapidly if yields are excessive and yields as little as 25hl/ha are the norm for some climats of the Côte d`Or.

Because of the thinness of the skins, Pinot Noir wines are lighter in colour, body and tannins. However the best wines have grip, complexity and an intensity of fruit seldom found in wine from other grapes. Young Pinot Noir can smell almost sweet, redolent with freshly crushed raspberries, cherries and redcurrants. When mature, the best wines develop a sensuous, silky mouth feel with the fruit flavours deepening and gamey "sous-bois" nuances emerging.

The best examples are still found in Burgundy, although Pinot Noir`s key role in Champagne should not be forgotten. It is grown throughout the world with notable success in the Carneros and Russian River Valley districts of California, and the Martinborough and Central Otago regions of New Zealand.

The Region

Cote de Nuits Villages

The wine appellation of Côte de Nuit Villages in Burgundy includes wines from a small number of villages, mostly in the extreme north and south of the Côte de Nuits: Fixin and Brochon in the north, Comblanchien, Corgoloin and Prissey to the south. The wines are usually red and are often good value.

Côte de Nuits Villages lies above the basic AOC Bourgogne in the hierarchy of local appellations. Hautes-Côtes de Nuits is also mostly red and is produced in the hinterland to the south-west of Nuits-St Georges. 

Recommended producers: Sylvain LoichetPatrice et Michele Rion

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