2016 Bruno Clavelier Nuits-Saint-Georges, 1er Cru Au Cras, Vieilles Vignes, Burgundy, France (750ml)

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Clavelier has an uncluttered, purist’s approach to winemaking: the focus is care of the vineyards. The domaine has a total of 6.5 hectares of vines, mostly 1er Cru and village-designated holdings in Chambolle, Gevrey, and Vosne, and a single 1/3 hectare parcel in Corton. These vines are their pride and joy: all are selection massale, and the majority were planted in the 1930’s and 40’s. Clavelier was one of the early adopters of organic viticulture (certified in 1999) and he has practiced biodynamic viticulture since 2000 (certified since 2005). Because of the advanced age of the vines, yields are naturally low, and the root systems are very developed, giving the vines a lot of contact with minerals in deeper layers of the soil. Nuits-Saint-Georges Aux Cras is produced on a small parcel of 25 ares from vines that are more than 75 years old. This cuvée is typical of the appellation’s terroir with delicious aromas of ripe dark fruit (blackberry, blueberry, blackcurrant) and spicy notes.

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