Les Petits Plets Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru 2008 - 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

The season was marked with cold and dampness, heat and drought. After temperamental weather in August, it turned sunny mid-September and a beneficial North wind enabled the vines to dry.

The Harvest

The first Chardonnay were picked on September 27th and harvesting ended with the old Pinot Noir vines on October 4th. This was a year marked by low yields.

The Grapes

It was surprising to find out that the grapes were riper than measurements showed before harvesting. Once again, thanks to drastic, meticulous sorting, the grapes were of high quality.


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