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Producer: Domaine Pierre NaigeonGrape Varieties: 100% ChardonnayOptimum Drinking: Within 8 yearsWine Style: Complex full flavoured dry whiteAlcohol by Volume: 13%Closure: Natural CorkCountry: France
Pierre Naigeon is a leading and renowned producer in the Côtes de Nuits. The Naigeon family has been established in Gevrey-Chambertin for over 150 years. They acquired some vines and started to produce wine in 1890. The estate remained reasonably small until 2003 when Pierre purchased more land increasing their holdings to 11.5 hectares. Pierre Naigeon believes passionately in sustainable farming, without the use of herbicides. He believes in non-interventionist winemaking and aims to produce wines full of fragrance, revealing the natural terroir. The average age of his vines is remarkably high, mostly over 50 years, which endows the wines with an extraordinary quality, maturity and concentration.
A mild winter was followed by a mild spring. The 2015 warm summer saw early flowering, with rapid development. Ripening was slowed due to hot July temperatures, but rain at the end of the month eased drought pressures. A cooler August allowed ripening to advance. Fine weather during the September harvest resulted in superb quality fruit with excellent phenolic ripeness.
The plot of Les Vignois lies in Brochon, in between Gevrey Chambertin and Fixin, in the northern part of the Côte de Nuits. The climate here is continental with cold winters and warm summers. The vineyard is situated on south eastern facing slopes and the vines are grown in reddish brown alluvium soils with pebbly limestone. Pierre believes in respecting the terroir; he ensures the yields are kept low and follows organic and biodynamic principles, taking into consideration the cycles of the moon and the sun. The perfectly ripe and healthy grapes are hand harvested, with every bunch being delicately picked into small bins to preserve the integrity of the fruit.
Vinified in a gravity-fed winery, this cuvée was made with the minimal amount of intervention. The grapes underwent a meticulous manual sorting, before being gently pressed by a pneumatic press. Fermentation took place using indigenous yeasts in temperature controlled stainless steel vats. Pierre uses the absolute minimum amount of sulphur in his wines. 50% of the wine was aged in new French oak barriques. The wine was very lightly fined, but not filtered, prior to being bottled.
A vibrant and full-flavoured wine with mineral tones complemented by delicate floral and herbal notes. Complex and elegant on the palate, with an attractive saline finish.
A perfect match for cold ham terrines such as Jambon Persillé, country pâtés, snails, grilled fish or goat’s cheese. Also matches Comté, Beaufort or Gruyère.
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