Domaine Jean Tardy Nuits-Saint-Georges 'Bas de Combe'
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.
"This vineyard is guaranteed to excite Burgundy geeks: Tucked in the north east corner of the appellation, bordered by premier cru “Aux Baudots” to the west, and the premier cru Vosne vineyards of Les Chaumes to the north and Aux Reas to the east. When you add to the exceptional yet under the radar site, very old vines (eighty+ years and a significant degree of millanderage, all for a fair price it makes it a worthy addition to all cellars. The dense nose shows touches of cloves and soy, tight berries, red and black, earthy stones, graphite and smoke. Not as immediately engaging as Guillaume’s Vosne (or as sumptuous as his Gevrey) Bas de Combe is a little more brooding with the fruit tucked in by sappy, stony tannins that give impressive structure and length, with the promise of depth and complexity to unfurl in the future." Tom Harrow, Wine Guru
"Matured in around 40% new oak, the 2019 Nuits Saint-Georges Au Bas de Combe Vieilles Vignes has a very controlled, focused bouquet of raspberry and bilberry fruit, beautifully defined and very terroir-expressive. The palate is well balanced and stylistically equidistant between Nuits Saint-Georges and Vosne-Romanée, betraying its geographical location. The 85-year-old vines impart great concentration but also immense quality, more Premier Cru than Village Cru. Superb." 92-94 pts, Neal Martin, Vinous
"Dense mid purple, the nose is more restrained here, though clearly in darker fruit. Some gas at the moment which will be calibrated in due course. Good acidity, firmer tannins than the Vosne, more robust wine of medium plus length. An attractive, well-made Nuits-St-Georges from old vines, with excellent tension to finish. Tasted: November 2020" 91-93 pts, Jasper Morris, Inside Burgundy
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