The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains 1er Cru does not quite deliver the complexity of its peers, perhaps just a touch of reduction at play here. I suspect that this just requires time. The palate is medium-bodied with chewy tannins, dense and weighty, a “heavy” NSG that lacks grace and mineralité, though I appreciate the spiciness and dark chocolate note on the aftertaste. Quintessentially 2018 Côte de Nuits in style. Tasted blind at the Burgfest 2018 red tasting.
Anticipated maturity: 2024-2042
Cask sample. Good freshness, plus fruit that was picked surely on the cusp of overripeness? Lots of tannin for a long life. But not graceful by any means… Perhaps it will acquire grace?
Anticipated maturity: 2027-2042