The wine impresses with its depth, richness, complexity, length and individuality. With Nuits-Saint-Georges, one thinks immediately of red wine, and it's true: Nuits-Saint-Georges whites are rare. Traditionally, winegrowers in the Côte de Nuits made their whites from Pinot Blanc. Their 1.3 hectares of this wine contains only 10% of that variety. Crystal clear and bright, the wine is pale gold with green tints in its youth, becoming progressively more golden with age. The initial nose is light and floral, evolving into ripe citrus and tart clementine notes. As the wine ages, the aromas turn to white peaches and elderberries. The palate is rich with a noticeable freshness. The Chardonnay component brings structure and a lovely minerality and the pinot blanc adds complexity.
Chardonnay 90% pinot blanc 10%. There is more Pinot Blanc planted in the vineyard and though it gives an intriguing aroma of white flowers, the juice is typically richer and turns more quickly, so best to keep it as more of a seasoning element. Clear pale yellow, this is an elegant wine but still packs a punch. Good acidity, dancing white fruit at the back, vividly fresh and very long. Fine too, ripe but in balance.
(90-93) points, Inside Burgundy (November 2019)
Originally known as Nuits, then Nuits-sous-Beaune, in 1892 it opted to append it’s name to one of its most important vineyards, Les St.Georges. The most obvious though, is the lending of it’s name to the entire Cote which fittingly ends there (or starts if coming from the south). The commune has no Grand Cru vineyards, a diplomatic decision made by the mayor of the time Henri Gouges in preferring not to single out any vineyard for the highest status.
The appellation falls into two parts, divided by the town itself with the northern section extending to Vosne-Romanée, and the southern section which is partly in Nuits-Saint-Georges and partly in Premeaux. The wines vary according to their provenance - The wines with the most finesse are in the north (associated with Vosne), the richest and most sought-after are those just south of Nuits-St Georges with those lighter in body, in the south around the village of Prémeaux.
The red wines of Nuits-Saint-Georges generally have a deep, dark robe. The powerful, complex nose blends cherry, blackcurrant, fur, truffle, and often spices. These are among Burgundy's most tannic wines, and their balancing roundness makes them full-bodied and solid.
“And lastly, to crown the repast, Ardan had brought out a fine bottle of Nuits, which was found ‘by chance’ in the provision-box. The three friends drank to the union of the earth and her satellite.”
Around the Moon by Jules Verne
The book and passage served as inspiration for the Apollo15 astronauts, who in 1971 christened the crater closest to their landing site, Saint Georges. At the base of the crater, along with a bit of Texan soil, they placed a label of Nuits-Saint-Georges cuvée Terre-Lune.