Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains. A Potential Grand Cru

Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains. A Potential Grand Cru

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A serious candidate for elevation to Grand Cru status
 
Les Vaucrains is one of Nuits-St-Georges' top Premier Crus. It is situated high on the hill above Les St-Georges and Les Cailles. 

Jasper Morris MW says "This is a favourite source of intense, deep colour, long-lived Nuits-St-Georges....It lies jsut above Les St-Georges and has much in common with the latter, but the slope is noticeably steeper in the upper part at around 15 per cent. If the wines are not quite as succulent, they have instead a more prominent minerality.

The soil is exceptionally poor ('worth nothing' according to the name), causing Pierre Gouges to rermark that h not know what could possibly grow there except vines."

Along with Les St-Georges, Les Vaucrains has applied for elevation to Grand Cru status. Only time will tell!

Today we feature 6 different Les Vaucrains from stock. Most have a little cellar age. Mix and match as you please.
Domaine Robert Chevillon Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Vaucrains 2014
Normally $252.95
Special $215.00
4 available
Chevillon Robert Vaucrains label
Tim Atkin MW: 
Always shown last in tastings at the domaine, this comes from two 80-year-old parcels in this excellent Premier Cru. Firm, brooding and densely structured, this is the most Nuits-like of the Chevillons' wines. Savoury, sweet, yet quite firm, it's a sinewy, age worthy red. 2020-30
96 Points

John Gilman "View from the Cellar": The 2014 Domaine Chevillon Vaucrains is another stunning wine in the making, as I love the synthesis of the elegance of the vintage with the depth and power inherent in this great vineyard. The stunning nose soars from the glass in a sappy blend of cherries, pomegranate, nutskin, again, very stony minerality, gamebird, a touch of mustard seed and a judicious framing of cedary wood. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and shows almost bottomless depth of sappy fruit, with stunning transparency, ripe tannins and a very, very long, perfectly balanced and soil-driven finish. Sheer greatness in the making! (Drink between 2025-2075). 95 Points

Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2013
Normally $248.50
Special $155.00
3 available

Chauvenet Vaucrains hi
Burghound: A brooding and ultra-serious nose features notes of black berry liqueur along with plenty of earth and game nuances. There is fine verve to the imposing, robust and overtly muscular big-bodied flavors that are shaped by very firm and somewhat rustic tannins on the very powerful and palate coating finish. Despite the considerable size and weight this remains very well balanced though note well that this will require plenty of cellar time. In sum, this is textbook Vaucrains. (Drink starting 2025). 92 Points

Handford Wines: This should surely be considered for Grand Cru status; the politics though are that there are just a handful of local owners in les Saint Georges, including the Hospices, but, at neighbouring Vaucrains, there are 22, and those owners are more dispersed throughout the region. Christophe has 42 ares that usually produce a healthy 8 barrels. The wine itself is truly exceptional and the closest 1er Cru to 100 points for me ... a blockbuster! Firm tannins and bright acids enshrine a feast of meaty red fruits, hints of yeast and dusty mineral notes. Raw power that will melt together in time. Ten years in the cellar will reap dividends. It's a classic. 2025 to 2036.

Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2014
Normally $234.95
Special $150.00
5 available

Chauvenet Vaucrains hi
Burghound: An admirably layered nose is composed of an impressively broad array of plum, violet, earth, sauvage and discreet spice nuances. There is outstanding power, intensity and size to the big-bodied flavors that exhibit huge length on the vibrant and, unusually, only a trace of backend rusticity. The tannic spine though is pronounced and this is clearly going to need a long time in a cool cellar before it reaches its apogee. Another one to look for provided that you have the patience to allow the firm tannins to soften. (Drink starting 2026). 93 Points

Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2015 
Normally $241.95
Special $205.50
15 available

Chauvenet Vaucrains hi Burghound:  An exuberantly fresh and unusually expressive nose offers up notes of leather, plum, violet, spice and plenty of earth influence along with the same menthol note found in the Perrières. Somewhat curiously relative to past vintages, the mouthfeel of the focused, intense and powerful flavors is less rustic than usual though to be sure this is still very Vaucrains in style as there is plenty of punch and youthful austerity present on the driving and hugely long finish. Vaucrains is one of the longest-lived Nuits 1ers and this particular example will be no exception. A stunner but lots of patience will be required. (Drink starting 2032). 
94 Points

Vinous Media - Neal Martin: The 2015 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Vaucrains 1er Cru has a lovely, multifaceted bouquet of precocious red cherry, raspberry coulis, fig and light, almost gravelly scents. It manages to retain much better definition than some of its peers from the northern sector of the appellation. The palate is well balanced and harmonious, displaying superb grip and tension, and slightly powdery in texture, with a long tail on the finish. This is a noble Nuits Saint-Georges that revels in the precocity of the vintage. Tasted blind at the annual Burgfest tasting. (Drink between 2021-2045). 93 Points

Domaine Jean Chauvenet Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains 2016 
Normally $246.50
Special $209.50
1500ml MAGNUM Normally $493.00
Special $419.00
25 bottles and 3 Magnums available

Chauvenet Vaucrains hi Burghound: (from a .41 ha parcel). This is aromatically similar to the Perrières though the menthol character is a bit more prominent. As is virtually always the case chez Chauvenet, this is the biggest and most powerful wine in the range as there is terrific mid-palate concentration that only adds to the sense of volume and opulence, all wrapped in a very firm, serious and brooding finish. Notwithstanding the abundant sap, this is very clearly built for the long-term and is a wine that should be put in your 'buy and forget' category. 2031+. 91-93 Points

Jancis Robinson: Cask sample. Deep cherry red. Subtle and dark-fruited on the nose. Dry and firm on the palate, much less open than some in this vintage but all in balance with the dry and fine tannins and the freshness entwined with the lurking fruit. Chewy chalky finish, the fruit not quite as rich as the Perrières but longer and fresher. Worth the extra.17/20

Domaine Jerome Chezeaux Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru Vaucrains 2015 
Normally $166.50
Special $129.50
13 available

Chezeaux Vaucrains Label Cellar Tracker: The nose was rich, with a mix of crushed strawberry, perfumed florals, dark soil tones and hints of oak. On the palate, I found soft textures, showing pure red fruits with energetic acidity adding lift while hints of spice and inner florals mounted. Young tannin coated the palate throughout the finish, with hints of dried red fruits lingering long among lasting inner florals. This is very pretty and remarkably balanced for the vintage. 93 Points
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Thiely 1976 C-C
Andre Thiely Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru 1976
3 bottles left
A week ago we purchased some amazing aged Cortons from one of our French connections.
The colour and condition of the wines is fantastic. We have three bottles of the 1976 Corton-Charlemagne remaining.
At 43 years of age these look incredible. Of course, these wines are from the era when the term premox didn't exist.
If you are interested in some perfectly cellared, hard to find aged White Burgundy, this is an opportunity not to be missed.
Landed Price $525.00
Pre Arrival Price $435.00
Click here to view and order the wine on our website.



Two Superb White Burgundies from a Private Cellar
Chartron Cailleret label hi
Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos du Cailleret Blanc Monopole 2013
4 available
John Gilman, View from the Cellar: The 2013 Clos des Caillerets from Jean-Michel Chartron is utterly classic and a great wine in the making. The bouquet is a superb and very floral mélange of delicious apples, lemon, very complex, chalky minerality, spring flowers, apple blossoms and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and properly reserved out of the blocks, with a rock solid core, laser-like focus and huge backend energy on the very long, poised and electric finish. Brilliant premier cru in the making! (Drink between 2019-2040). 94+ Points

Burghound: Once again there is enough sulfur present on the nose to warrant decanting this if you're tempted to try a bottle young though I would not expect there to be a problem if this is held for a few years first. Otherwise the underlying aromas possess notes of acacia blossom, citrus and various white orchard fruit scents. Just like the Pucelle this has a positively gorgeous mouth feel where the generously proportioned medium weight flavors are more mineral-inflected while offering outstanding persistence on the delicious and sappy finale. (Drink starting 2020). 92 Points

Special $149.00

Chartron Pucelles Label NV

Domaine Jean Chartron Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Pucelle Monopole 2013
4 available

John Gilman, View from the Cellar: The 2013 Clos de la Pucelle is more reserved and more precise in profile than the very good Folatières this year, as it offers up a first class bouquet of lemon, apple, pear, a beautifully complex base of chalky soil tones, lemon blossoms and vanillin oak. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, long and deep, with outstanding focus and grip, a fine sense of reserve out of the blocks that augurs extremely well for its evolution in bottle and great balance and nascent complexity on the very long and pure finish. Great juice. (Drink between 2018-2040). 94 Points

Burghound: Here too there is enough sulfur present to fight with the restrained nose that is comprised by notes of honeysuckle, lemon rind, pear and apple scents. As is usually the case this isn't as overtly stony as the Folatières but the middle weight flavors are more refined texturally, all wrapped in a sappy and citrusy finale that isn't quite as complex though it's every bit as persistent. We'll see in time if this can catch the Folatières but for the moment this is a notch behind. (Drink starting 2019). 92 Points

Special $149.00

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