Domaine Jerome Chezeaux 2018 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, Rue de Chaux, AOC
Item Number: 16221
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Vineyard Designation: Rue de Chaux
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13.5
Located almost dead center in the appellation, Rue de Chaux is perhaps the most quintessentially Nuits-Saint-Georges among Chezeaux’s premier crus. Jerome owns a mere 0.29 hectares in this steep, topsoil-deficient vineyard, and his ever-elegant touch yields a wine of both grace and power. Darkly fruited, dense, and slightly brooding, it also offers an enchanting savory-spicy perfume.
Vintage Notes: Jérôme and Lyse’s 2018s express the explosive richness of the vintage, but with a house-typical sense of equilibrium and restraint. The growing season brought a quick flowering after a late budbreak, and the much-discussed scorcher of a summer ripened the late-flowering fruit rapidly; Chezeaux began harvesting on September 7th, under clear and extremely warm conditions. His finished 2018s, which weigh in between 13.0 and 13.7% natural alcohol, offer an interesting combination of very red, “pure Pinot Noir” fruit and a solidity of structure—the skins in 2018 were quite thick—which beckons for a bit of patience. As always, there is a stark clarity of site expression among this set of wines in spite of their relative power and concentration.
Fermentation: Spontaneous in stainless steel tank following total destemming
Aging: 18-24 months on lees in neutral 228-liter barrels (30% new)
Malolactic Fermentation: Spontaneous in barrel