Domaine Pierre Naigeon, Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, Les Marchais 2016
Elegant, perfumed and silky Gevrey Chambertin from this award winning producer showing complex red fruit and violet flavours with a touch of cloves and mocha.
Pierre Naigeon is a leading and renowned producer in the Côtes de Nuits. The Naigeon family has been established in Gevrey-Chambertin for over 150 years. They acquired some vines and started to produce wine in 1890. The estate remained reasonably small until 2003 when Pierre purchased more land increasing their holdings to 11.5 hectares. Pierre Naigeon believes passionately in sustainable farming, without the use of herbicides. He believes in non-interventionist winemaking and aims to produce wines full of fragrance, revealing the natural terroir. The average age of his vines is remarkably high, mostly over 50 years, which endows the wines with an extraordinary quality, maturity and concentration.
The 55 year old vines are grown in the single vineyard ‘Les Marchais’ which faces the 1er Cru plots of Lavaux St Jacques and clos St Jacques. It is one of the best plots in Gevrey Chambertin. The Guyot trained vines are planted at a high density with 3,500 vines per hectare. The vineyards are managed using organic fertilisers and without the use of herbicides or insecticides. Ploughing, pruning and green harvests all take place. The vineyard soils are made up of clay and limestone with large chalky pebbles.
The manual harvest was followed by careful, manual sorting of the grapes. The vinification was fed by gravity, without the use of pumps. A cold maceration, which lasted for six to seven days, was followed by a natural barrel-fermentation with indigenous yeasts from the grapes and lasted 10 to 15 days. The wine was aged ‘sur lies’ for 12 months in new oak. The wine was unfined and unfiltered, prior to bottling.
Alluring raspberry and cherry with notes of dried fruits on the nose. Medium to full bodied with a little earthiness, this well structured wine shows balanced oak, with fine ripe tannins. Silky and smooth on the palate this is classically elegant.
Pinot Noir 100%