Domaine Jean Tardy Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Argillas'
2019 is Guillaume's best vintage since the latter and potentially his finest set of wines to date, with more concentration than 2017 but better tension than 2018. Overall the balance is flawless.
Guillaume was an early picker as usual and overall his yields were 35% down on 2018 (so about 10% lower than a normal year). His lieu dit sites all have old vines and allied to the complexity this brings is very dextrous tannin management, soft extraction and no pigeage, which gives wines which are supple and sophisticated. “2019 has the warmth and richness of 2015, with the freshness and terroir expression of 2016” says Guillaume. It's his best vintage since the latter and potentially his finest set of wines to date, with more concentration than 2017 but better tension than 2018. Overall the balance is flawless. The Haute Cote de Nuits ‘Maëlie’, a vineyard very near to Vosne Romanée, sets out his stall perfectly and is another example of this region over-delivering on its more modest price point. “The best Nuit Saint Georges village wine – it should be a 1er Cru” is how Guillaume describes ‘Bas de Combe’ – just look at where the vineyard is situated to see why! Yet again it’s on fine, structured form and I’ll be taking a case as I do every year. Meanwhile the more perfumed and elegant Vosne ‘Vigneux’ and sweet and succulent Gevrey ‘Champerriers’ were showing off their charms more obviously, and the NSG 1er Cru ‘Argillats’ really demonstrates the heights to which the village can rise. His Echezeaux, from a plot of 80 year-old vines abutting Grands Echezeaux, will be quickly snapped up by the lucky few, but right across the range there is something for all Burgundy lovers to enjoy here. Bravo Guillaume.
" On the north side of the village, towards Vosne. A dense nose of tapenade and cedar and red and darker berries and plums. Sweetly packed rich fruits on the lateral attack, bounded by structured but fine-grained tannins which ensure a firm grip around the juicy, smoky cherry fruit. A finish of stones, porcini and bresaola. An action-packed Nuits with plenty in the tank." Tom Harrow, Wine Guru
"The 2019 Nuits Saint-Georges Aux Argillats 1er Cru, matured in 50% new oak, has greater intensity on the nose compared to the Champs Perrières, and the fruit profile is a notch darker. The palate is medium-bodied with a grippy, masculine entry. Broody and backward, this is a Nuits Saint-Georges that will benefit from cellaring. Very saline on the marine-tinged finish. Plenty of character and class here. One for the long term." 92-94 pts, Neal Martin, Vinous
"Rich purple with good density. The nose is less evocative than some. Then notably more lush fruit, entirely red compared to the black of Bas de Combe. Dense, firm finish with a sweetness of touch. Soft tannins and quite long. The last to be picked, with more sugar this year than usual Tasted: November 2020" 90-94 pts, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
|Grower||Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils|
|Duty Paid / In Bond||In Bond|
|Wine Type||Red wines|
Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils
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