Clos du Chapeau Côte de Nuits Villages 2014 - 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

An intense garnet-red colour and typical aromas of small black fruit, such as blackcurrant. This big, powerful wine is bursting with delicious flavours on the palate, while revealing a rounded style and the mellowest of tannins.

The Weather

The warm, dry spring came early this year, bringing budburst forward, followed by flowering in June. The cool, damp summer was then made up for by ideal conditions in September to ripen off the grapes nicely.

The Harvest

We brought in this year's harvest in two phases in order to make the most of the excellent ripening conditions. The grapes for the white wines were picked on 11 and 12 September. After a two-day break, we harvested the reds from 15 to 20 September.

The Grapes

September boosted the concentration of the grapes in sugar, aromas and tannins, making for a vintage with lots of fruit flavours. The harvest was reasonably good, although slightly smaller than average with a yield just below the 30hl/ha mark.


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