2013 CÔTE DE NUITS-VILLAGES
In Burgundy, talented growers are capable of greatness even in the most modest appellations. Though the Côte de Nuits-Villages denomination lacks the prestige of neighboring Nuits-Saint-Georges, Damien Gachot’s intensive work ethic in the vines nonetheless imbues his wines with exceptional complexity. Vigilant pruning, de-budding, and green harvesting limits yields to ensure deeply perfumed wines with lovely, concentrated flavor. This Pinot Noir certainly punches above its weight, so it’s no wonder Damien’s creations have caught the eye—or nose?—of Burgundian all-stars like Aubert de Villaine and Bertrand Chevillon. Enjoy this delightful, approachable red over the next few years and savor the value to be found from this humble terroir.