Aurelien Verdet, Hautes Cotes de Nuits 'Le Prieure' 2016

Aurelien Verdet, Hautes Cotes de Nuits 'Le Prieure' 2016

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Aurelein Verdet took over the reins from his father, Alain, in 2005. Alain was an early pioneer of organic viticulture in Burgundy, having adopted the practice in 1971 and Aureleien continues the biodynamic approach to this day. There are about 9 hectares of directly owned vineyards in Hautes-Côtes de Nuits in addition to vines rented under agreement in Vosne Romanée village, 1er cru Beaux Monts and 1er cru Nuits Damodes and Boudots . The grapes are harvested manually and all the cuvées are vinified the same way using only minimal sulphur and indigenous yeasts. Vinification can be lengthy - up to 30 days - but extraction is very gentle. The wines are aged in French oak barrels not exceeding 1/3 new each year. This gorgeous red comes from arguably the best vineyard in Hautes-Côtes - the 4 hectare 'Le Prieure' situated on a south facing slope comprised of limestone and clay. Packed with aromatic and ripe red fruit aromas, this is very reminiscent of a Nuits St Georges.

A clear, bright ruby in the glass. Aromas of tart wild cherry, clove and chamomile flower. Medium-bodied on the palate with a steely acidity, this is a lean red with forward tannins and a warming and smoky finish. Look for flavours of caramel and menthol. Great with Gratinée Lyonnaise, Jambon Persillé or pigeon pâté.