Clos des Forêts Saint Georges Monopole Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru 1996 - Wine


Clos des Forêts Saint Georges Monopole Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru
Clos des Forêts Saint Georges Monopole Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru

The Style of the Wine

With its well-defined character, this wine perfectly illustrates the identity of the Nuits Saint Georges vineyard. Complex aromas of blackcurrant mingled with spicy blackberry are revealed on the nose with, depending on the vintage, darker notes of liquorice and leather. The well-built mouth affirms itself with density and strength around a tight structure with rich, well-wrapped tannins. It becomes increasingly seductive over time, which comes from the elegance, intensity and purity of the fruit.

The Terroir

In Burgundy the monopoly (single estate vineyard) defines a unit of land, a terroir which has been perfectly defined for centuries and which is owned by a single proprietor. The Clos des Forêts Saint Georges covers a surface of 7.20 hectares, all in one piece. It is a unique terroir in a privileged location which right from its origin has made one of the greatest Nuits Saint Georges wines.

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- An exacting commitment to quality: Clos des Forêts Saint Georges is only made with grapes from its oldest vines. We wish to express the very best of this exceptional terroir, and the old vines give darker, more intense wines. This means that grapes from the younger vines are not used for the Clos des Forêts but vinified separately to make Les Petits Plets Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru. - Traditional vinification: hand-picked grapes, minimal cuvaison, a light hand with the pumping-over... The method used to give birth to the wine is to let things happen naturally to reveal the soul of the wine. - A wine for ageing: the generous terroir of the Clos des Forêts Saint Georges forms the soul of the wine. It builds a solid red around well-present tannins which define a wine for ageing. A few years in the cellar will allow the wine to express itself more fully and make it more graceful, silkier and more complete.

Tasting Note

The Clos des Forêts Saint Georges 1996 wine has a deep red ruby colour. Deep spicy classy nose of blackberry, violet and moka. The mouth is full, deep, elegant, there is a lot of fruit and freshness despite the richness; flavours of raspberries, with a touch of chocolate and liquorice. The sweetness of the finish is balanced by soft tannins and a good acidity.

The Weather

Ideal climate conditions: rain, sun and perfect temperatures for a good harvest.

The Harvest

Started on 23 September and lasted one week.

The Grapes

The harvest was also larger than the average for the vintages prior to 1996. The grapes were nice and healthy with thick skins, good natural alcohol content and high acidity levels. Despite the high yields, 1996, like 1990, produced some great wines.


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