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LES VALANCONS HAUTES COTES DE NUITS, Cruchandeau 2013/14

£19.25

Product Description

Beautiful. Silky, earthy, berry fruit. So clear, complex and vivid. Awesome acidity

In 2010 I got 0,80 hectares of red Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits and 0,16 hectares of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Aux Saints Jacques, explains Julien Cruchandeau. I have a friend, whose family bought the Nuits-Saint-Georges parcel. I make the wine and then pay them the rent in wine. In 2011 I got 0,22 hectares of Les Petits Picotins in Savigny-lès-Beaune and half a hectare of white Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. Then this year I got 0,55 hectares of Les Ranches in Ladoix. It’s planted with pinot noir and 2012 will be my first vintage. As the numbers show, Domaine Cruchandeau is small, even by Burgundian standards. With not quite three hectares in all this is basically a one man operation. The winery is located in Chaux, a small village with some 400 inhabitants up in the the Hautes-Côtes just above Nuits-Saint-Georges.The low yield philosophy is applied on the whole range of wines at the domaine. Up in the Hautes-Côtes, where the upper limit is 54 hl/ha, Julien Cruchandeau only produces between 30 hl/ha and 35 hl/ha. – There is a lot of work to be done in the Hautes-Côtes, he says. You’ll find a lot of diluted wines here. I hate the kind of red wine that is not really red, more like halfway between a rosé and a red. There is no fruit. Nothing. I prefer to have lower yields so the wines become more concentrated. The red Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits at Domaine Cruchandeau comes from a plot in Chevannes called Les Valançons. – It’s a very steep slope, says Julien Cruchandeau. Clay and limestone. Not much soil. The exposure is south-southwest. The wine sees ten per cent new oak; the rest is three, four or five year old barrels