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2021 Côte de Nuits-Villages

Domaine Gachot-Monot
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While 2021 was a year most vignerons would like to forget (a devastating April frost, a cold, wet summer spent warding disease away from grapes, harvesting amid ongoing Covid restrictions—and I could go on), there is a silver lining. The vintage is a throwback to Burgundy I remember from twenty years ago, with its bright fruit, crisp acid, and approachable fun. Sure, there’s something to be said for the ripeness and depth of the warmer years, but I swear I haven’t tasted anything with this kind of simple pleasure and cool-climate charm since the 2004 vintage. I say crack a bottle and enjoy it now; it’s open and ready. Otherwise, you may need to wait another twenty years to get such an opportunity again.

Chris Santini

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Technical Information
Wine Type: red
Vintage: 2021
Bottle Size: 750mL
Blend: Pinot Noir
Appellation: Côte de Nuits-Villages
Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Producer: Domaine Gachot-Monot
Winemaker: Damien & Lise Gachot
Vineyard: 40 - 45 years, 7 ha
Soil: Clay, Limestone
Aging: Grapes are vinified traditionally in cuve for anywhere between 10-15 days, depending on cuvée and vintage, wines age in fûts (20-30% of which are new) for up to 18 months before bottling
Farming: Lutte Raisonnée
Alcohol: 13%

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About The Region

Burgundy

map of Burgundy

In eastern central France, Burgundy is nestled between the wine regions of Champagne to the north, the Jura to the east, the Loire to the west, and the Rhône to the south. This is the terroir par excellence for producing world-class Pinot Noir and Chardonnay.

The southeast-facing hillside between Dijon in the north and Maranges in the south is known as the Côte d’Or or “golden slope.” The Côte d’Or comprises two main sections, both composed of limestone and clay soils: the Côte de Nuits in the northern sector, and the Côte de Beaune in the south. Both areas produce magnificent whites and reds, although the Côte de Beaune produces more white wine and the Côte de Nuits more red.

Chablis is Burgundy’s northern outpost, known for its flinty and age-worthy Chardonnays planted in Kimmeridgian limestone on an ancient seabed. Vézelay is a smaller area south of Chablis with similar qualities, although the limestone there is not Kimmeridgian.

To the south of the Côte de Beaune, the Côte Chalonnaise extends from Chagny on its northern end, down past Chalon-sur-Saône and encompasses the appellations of Bouzeron in the north, followed by Rully, Mercurey, Givry, and Montagny.

Directly south of the Chalonnaise begins the Côte Mâconnais, which extends south past Mâcon to the hamlets of Fuissé, Vinzelles, Chaintré, and Saint-Véran. The Mâconnais is prime Chardonnay country and contains an incredible diversity of soils.

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