Les Petits Plets Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru 2003 - Wine


Les Petits Plets Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru
Les Petits Plets Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru

The Style of the Wine

Made from the youngest vines of the Clos des Forêts Saint Georges, it already reveals the strength and elegance of the terroir it comes from, but with a sensual pleasure and tenderness of its own. It reveals aromas which are certainly not lacking in brightness and distinction. As is typical of the terroir they come from, the tannins are quite present and contribute to the volume and the dense, fleshy texture in the mouth. As a whole it is precise, full and energetic.

The Terroir

This wine comes from the youngest vines of the Clos des Forêts Saint Georges. They are now over 20 years old as they were planted in 1987, 1988 and 1989. They are inside the Clos des Forêts, in the lower part. The name "Petits Plets" featured on ancient maps of vineyards dating from the 1880s. At that time this name was used by wine-growers to designate the least sloping part of their plots.

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Yields are kept relatively low despite the vigour of these young vines, notably by using an original "fan-shaped" method of pruning, which is halfway between the "taille" Guyot method of pruning and the "cordon de Royat" method.

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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