Les Petits Plets Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru 2011 - 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.

Tasting Note

Deep, ruby-red robe and a superb bouquet, dominated by dark fruit and spicy aromas. Full-bodied on the palate, with crisp, elegant tannins. Fresh and accessible, with the potential to age beautifully. (March 2013)

The Weather

It was summery in spring, which gave the vegetative cycle a good head start. The weather during summer was unstable and kept changing, alternating hot, sunny days with spells of rain. The weather became stable and sunny again from the beginning of September.

The Harvest

On September 2nd, we began with the whites to preserve the freshness and tension, then the Clos de l'Arlot's young vines, (in the sunny sector and therefore early). We ended with the Clos des Forêts' old vines on September 9th.

The Grapes

The rigorousness of the sorting was a determinant factor. At the domaine, all of our pickers are our usual ones who are fully aware of the importance of this selection. They did it so well that not many grapes needed to be removed from the sorting table at the winery.


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