La Gerbotte (blanc) Nuits Saint Georges 2012 - 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.

Tasting Note

A pale yellow colour and powerful, seductive nose for this wine produced from 'young vines' which is already exhibiting some of the finest characteristics of the 'Arlot Blanc': mature and even candied fruit aromas rub shoulders with hints of vine flowers and fruits (peach etc.). Well-rounded and neatly-structured on the palate, building to the tight, citrus-inflected finish typical of the vines rooted in the limestone soils of La Gerbotte. 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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