This here tonight, the front label is fab but doesn’t give much away…
…the back label is more informative but the fact that the producers address in Gevrey stands out more clearly than its almost camouflaged appellation does made me smile …
…anyway, it’s Cote de Nuits Villages 2014 from Jerome Galeyrand. Les Retraits is a vineyard in Comblanchien that is essentially an extension of Clos de la Marachale in Nuits St Georges separated by, what looks like, an arbitrary dividing line on a map ( and a wall too I’d guess ). From vines planted in 1925 and 1932, 25 to 30% whole bunch and fermented and matured in oak for 16 months ( up to 20% new ). Does it bear comparison with a Nuits 1er Cru though ?
Here goes, it’s everything I hoped for. Typically pale colour. A splendid nose of red fruits, compost, an autumnal walk in the woods, dried flowers and exotic spices. Medium body. beautifully savoury red fruited Burgundian flavours with light ripe tannins and fresh acidity to structure and balance with very good length of flavour. Absolutely spot on, I wish I’d bought more !
No wine from the Cote d’Or is good value for money these days, in my mind, but for £32 one could do a helluva lot worse.
Have a great weekend everyone.
Edit - forgot to mention it was a perfect match to a couple of roast guinea fowl legs, parmentier potatoes, glazed carrots and peas.