Clos du Chapeau Côte de Nuits Villages 2011 - Wine


Clos du Chapeau Côte de Nuits Villages
Clos du Chapeau Côte de Nuits Villages

The Style of the Wine

The wine stylishly defends the appellation Côte de Nuits Villages. It has a serene ambition: to express the finesse of the Pinot Noir. It develops a dashing nose which ventilates the notes of morello cherries and fruit stones, often drifting towards cloves, sandalwood and sometimes cocoa. Alert and agile, the wine draws out the suppleness and elegance by affirming itself through a substance of red fruit flavours with touches of pepper and vanilla notes. Its character enables it to be tasted quite young, "on the fruit”, but it may improve with age, up to 10 years or so.

The Terroir

Located in the village of Comblanchien, this is a hat-shaped plot, which is where its name comes from. The vines cover a surface of 1.6 hectares on ground which is a mixture of clay and limestone, ideal for revealing the pleasures of the Pinot Noir.

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- The pleasure of the Pinot Noir: this is a magical grape-variety, provided that it is respected. The domaine has chosen very fine Pinot, with small berries. Above all, it makes sure that yields are limited: to 35 hectoliters per hectare for the Clos du Chapeau. This is essential if the aromatic palette of the Pinot Noir is to develop. - Gentle elevage: with 10 to 15 % of new barrels, the Clos du Chapeau never appears too oaky. The new oak is just a spice which brings out the best in the wine. It is bottled after being raised for 14 months. - The appellation Côte de Nuits Villages concerns vines from five villages : Fixin, Brochon, Prémeaux, Comblanchien and Corgoloin. This vineyard area extends over 170 hectares.

Tasting Note

Ruby-red robe. The nose opens with fresh fruit aromas (cherry, raspberry), before expanding to reveal more complex floral notes. The palate is wonderfully refined, with delicate, silky tannins. The overall effect is fresh and delicious, a fine reflection of this vintage and this terroir, renowned for its tender flavours. (March 2013)

The Weather

It was summery in spring, which gave the vegetative cycle a good head start. The weather during summer was unstable and kept changing, alternating hot, sunny days with spells of rain. The weather became stable and sunny again from the beginning of September.

The Harvest

On September 2nd, we began with the whites to preserve the freshness and tension, then the Clos de l'Arlot's young vines, (in the sunny sector and therefore early). We ended with the Clos des Forêts' old vines on September 9th.

The Grapes

The rigorousness of the sorting was a determinant factor. At the domaine, all of our pickers are our usual ones who are fully aware of the importance of this selection. They did it so well that not many grapes needed to be removed from the sorting table at the winery.


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