La Gerbotte (blanc) Nuits Saint Georges 2003 - Wine


La Gerbotte (blanc) Nuits Saint Georges
La Gerbotte (blanc) Nuits Saint Georges

The Style of the Wine

La Gerbotte often develops aromas of citrus fruit and white-fleshed fruit, mingled with aromas of fresh almonds and honey. It has a lively, agile structure in the mouth and reflects the precise crystalline expression of its terroir. It is a charming wine which can be tasted young.

The Terroir

La Gerbotte comes from the youngest Clos de l'Arlot blanc vines which were planted from 1998 to 2000). It could naturally claim the appellation Nuits Saint Georges premier Cru. However the Domaine has chosen to classify the wine under the appellation Nuits Saint Georges Village, to give time for the roots to reach down deep into the subsoil and for it to fully express all the elegance and fullness of this great terroir. Lying further from the other vines of the Clos, on a limestone slab supporting thin ground, the micro-climate is not as "sunny". All the elements come together so that the Chardonnay reveals a refined style which is lively and mineral.

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Long natural fermentation Once the grapes have been pressed, we let the grape juice flow into oak casks (no more than 10% new barrels). The complex transformation then begins: the yeasts which are naturally present in the grape juice transform the sugar into alcohol. By working with indigenous yeasts, fermentation is long (3 months or more) and delicate (deviations are always possible), but it is one of the important stages which enable us to best reveal the taste of our terroirs in our wines.

The Weather

Everyone remembers the heatwave which ignited summer. The great heat and drought lasted so long that they really made a mark on the vintage.

The Harvest

Harvesting had never been so extremely early. Picking began with the whites on August 26th, and on September 4th, all the grapes had been picked.

The Grapes

Small grapes with thick skins, and perfectly ripe stems and pips. A high-quality harvest but with very low yields, less than half the size of a normal crop.


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