Nuits-Saint-Georges: Domaine Bertagna Premier Cru 'Les Murgers' 2013
The Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 'Les Murgers' has a supple mouth-feel and impressive density preceded by black cherry, cranberry and spice aromatics. Pinot Noir of this quality is an ideal partner for game birds, lamb and ripe soft-rind cheese.
Fresh red fruit aromas predominate with a touch of spice and cedary oak. Full in flavours of forest fruits, a touch of ‘sous-bois’ (forest floor) and velvety tannins. 2013 had a longer growing season than most with growers keeping grapes on the vine into late September/early October to attempt to achieve better ripeness. Overall, the wines show much grace with light tannins and acidity so are approachable young.
From a 1 hectare mid-slope plot on the Nuits-Saint-Georges side of the vineyard (close to Vosne-Romanée), its limestone-clay soils contain a good proportion of gravel making it very free-draining and moderating the water retention of the clay. Farmed to organic principles (uncertified), Domaine Bertagna has holdings across the Côte de Nuits and produces wines of great class and elegance.
Nuits-Saint-Georges remarkably has no Grand Cru appellations but a heady 37 Premier Crus (including those of neighbouring Prémeaux) on which its reputation is founded. Tending to the more gamey, meaty style of Pinot Noir, Clive Coates MW commented of 'Les Murgers' "...there is a bit of Vosne about them, and therefore an innate elegance."
|Style||Red Wine, Sec, Medium-bodied, Non Sparkling|
|Wine Region||Burgundy, Côte de Nuits|
|Grape Variety (Cépage)||Pinot Noir|
|Food & Wine Matching||Lamb, Pheasant and Game|
|Cellarage||This wine should cellar well for 5 to 10+ years from vintage.|
|Vinification||Vinification Farmed according to organic principles, strict quality control sees green harvests and de-budding to restrict yields and ensure the best quality of fruit. Hand picked using small baskets, it is further sorted at the winery prior to maceration and pressing. 30-50% of full bunches are used and fermentation takes place in temperature-controlled vats. Matured in French oak barrels for 15-18 months using 50% new oak.|
|Alcohol By Volume (%)||13.5|
In the heart of Vougeot in the Côte de Nuits, Domaine Bertagna makes wine from 18 appellations including 5 Grand Cru sites, 8 Premier Crus, 2 Villages and 3 regional AOCs. Covering 21 hectares of highly-coveted vineyards (including several monopoles), it has been under the ownership of the Reh family from the Moselle in Germany since 1982. Eva Reh is the current incumbent, having taken over at the domaine in 1988.
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