Les Petits Plets Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru 2012 - 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, garnet-red colour. A powerful, distinguished bouquet typical of this noble terroir, with clear, distinctive aromas: blond tobacco and black cherries, opening up to reveal hints of peony and iris. On the palate Les Petits Plets is full-bodied and expansive yet soft, welcoming and almost 'soothing'. This is a wine with superb potential to improve with age in the cellar, although holding onto it may prove tricky when it is already so enticing. 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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