Wednesday, November 28, 2007

Nuits-Saint-Georges 2003, Jean-Baptiste Bejot

Wine generously provided by my wealthy benefactor George. Straight from the bottle this NSG had a medium red colour and a slightly mean nose. But after decanting the wine improves immeasurably and reaches its full stature. Dark cherry colour with a purplish rim. The black cherry theme continues onto the nose, elements of oak, early-harvested green pepper, briar and touches of leather. Excellent robust tannins, rounded structure, ripe plum fruit with vanilla aromas on the retro-olfaction. Conjures images of a blackberry-filled coppice. Impressively balanced for a 2003 and has more potential than other 2003s like this Mongeard-Mugneret Echezeaux recently tasted. The domaine was founded in 1891 and the fourth generation of the family Vincent Sauvestre now makes the wine.

2 comments:

  1. Anonymous12:33 AM

    NSG is proving to have fared much better in 03 than all other Burgundy. Can someone explain why?

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  2. Dr Burgundy7:34 AM

    Acidity and tannins are the two elements in a wine that enable it to mature in the bottle and improve over time. The abnormally hot weather in 2003 reduced acidity levels to the point where even grands crus are fully evolved in 2007. Nuits-Saint-Georges has higher levels of tannins than other appellations, the famous muscular style, and as a result has more ageing potential in 2003. Traditionally made Pommard should be the same and some of the foursquare Aloxe-Corton 1er Crus.

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