Clos du Chapeau Côte de Nuits Villages 2012 - 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

Medium-intensity, garnet-red colour. A lively, open bouquet of floral aromas with a dash of spice. Smooth and creamy on the palate, with fine-grained tannins providing a sense of finesse; complex palette of aromas. Overall this is a rich wine, which nonetheless retains the tender touch which is the calling card of this terroir. 05/2014

The Weather

It was a mild winter apart from February, which had two very cold weeks. It was very wet from April to July generating significant blossom drop. Fine, sunny weather from mid-August until harvest.

The Harvest

From 20 to 28 September 2012

The Grapes

Blossom drop in June meant that much of the harvest was lost, but the remaining grapes were particularly fine: clusters were small with thick-skinned grapes bursting with aromas. Excellent maturity and grape soundness.


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