The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains 1er Cru has a fresh, tertiary nose with perhaps just a touch of brettanomyces, though it opens nicely with aeration, a pleasant ferrous element coming through. The palate is medium-bodied, taut and fresh, with sappy red berry fruit, fine delineation and a prudent sprinkling of white pepper toward the finish. This is a well-crafted Nuits Saint-Georges with plenty of personality. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2017 tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2023-2042
Barrel sample, racked after malo only. Ripe fruit but fresher on the nose than the Cailles. Seductively rich in cherry fruit. Incredibly smooth tannins with some vanilla sweetness on the palate. Deep and long and with the harmony for a long future. (JH)
Anticipated maturity: 2025-2035