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Vougeraie-Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes 2017

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010877

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Vintage:

2017

Appellation:

Nuits Saint Georges

Format:

750

Region:

Burgundy Red

Country:

France

Producer note: As I reported last year, former winemaker Pierre Vincent has departed to take over as régisseur for Domaine Leflaive. He has been replaced by enologist François Lecaillon who did the élevage of the Vougeraie 2016s and vinified the 2017s. Lecaillon was joined by commercial director Sylvie Poillot to conduct the tasting. They noted that the growing season started just as the 2016 season did but thankfully we had much less frost damage though there was some in a few vineyards. There was some early season mildew and oidium pressure but nothing serious. The flowering passed well with only a bit of shatter and the rest of the summer was largely clement. We began picking in the Côte de Beaune on the 28th of August under good if not perfect conditions. Yields of the very clean fruit were about equal to what we realized in 2015 for both pinot and chardonnay. Potential alcohols averaged between 12 and 12.5% for both colors. As to the style, 2017 gave us classically styled wines that should drink well early but have no problem aging well too. I inquired as to the relative quality between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits and Lecaillon was of the view that the Côte de Nuits produced slightly better reds because there was a higher percentage of shot berries that imparted a bit more concentration. One important change that Lecaillon noted is that the amount of new wood was reduced slightly from roughly one-third to one-quarter and this was for both reds and whites. Lastly, I would observe that while the upper level wines are certainly very good, it's the portfolio of villages level wines that offer excellent quality. AM
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