Bertrand Machard de Gramont Les Vallerots Nuits St. Georges, 2013 - 750ml

Bertrand Machard de Gramont

Variety(ies): Pinot Noir  


These Pinot Noir vines sit just above the terraced section of Les Terrasses in the Les Vallerots vineyard.  A small half-hectare that was planted over 30 years ago by Axelle's father, these older vines deliver a 2013 Les Vallerots that has a bit more serious side to it than the Les Terrasses.  When I tasted the Les Vallerots in November it was showing more tannin and structure than the Les Terrasses, and it also delivered a deeper, darker, more powerful experience.  Today it is in a less elegant state than the Les Terrasses, but should flesh out with time.  In 2013, Axelle aged 85% of the Pinot Noir in old barrique and 15% in new barrels.  I didn't detect any oak on the nose or the palate.  There is a meaningful enough elevation difference between these vines and the terraced vines that Axelle generally harvests the fruit at different times.  It's a highly educational and enjoyable experience to have the two wines side-by-side to understand how truly impactful the site (even only a few meters difference) is on what ends up in the glass.  For me, this wine will reward being patient for a couple more years and then should drink beautifully for a decade.  100% destemmed.  100% organic.

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