Domaine Gerard Julien & Fils Cotes de Nuits-Villages 'Armand' 2020
The Cotes de Nuits-Villages appellation encompasses the the villages of Premeaux-Prissey, Comblanchien and Corgoloin just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges. The vineyards benefit from east-facing hill-slopes which act as a sun-trap to create maximum ripeness in the grapes. The complex soil composition of these villages includes varying proportions of marl and shale clays which produce wines of great character and charm.
This wine is sourced from Comblanchien Village and is named after Etienne's grandfather Armand; vinified with 25% whole clusters.
88-91 points, Allen Meadows Burghound ‘Discreet wood frames aromas of dark currant liqueur, newly turned earth and a whiff of forest floor. The medium-bodied flavors possess a slightly finer texture along with good vibrancy thanks to the bright acidity that supports the moderately austere, firm and balanced finale. This will need at least a few years of cellaring first.’
Variety - Pinot Noir
Country - France
Region - Burgundy
Extra - Cork
Year - 2020
Volume - 750ml
Etienne Julien is one of Burgundy’s rising stars. The domaine is located in the village of Comblanchien, one of the three villages that make up the Cotes de Nuits-Villages (CDNV) appellation that's located between Beaune and Nuits St Georges. When exploring the Cote d'Or, the CDNV is an area that's often driven through when exploring the region (on the D974) without much fanfare, apart from the open cut limestone quarry obvious from the road.
Etienne’s family settled in the area in the ;late 1800s, when Francois Xavier Julien acquired vineyards. Francois son Armand and then his son Gerard increased the size of the holdings in the years post WW2 to the 1980s. In 2012, Gerard's son Etienne Julien (now 5th generation in the Domaine's history) took over the reins. Up until then, the domaine had been run in a very conservative and traditional manner.
Etienne, is one of a number young highly educated growers returning to their home domaines, bring new ideas and energy. His efforts to revitalise the operations has seen him implement an organic conversion program as well as reducing yields in the vineyard . Work now in the cellar is more precise, which is reflected in his wines - possessing more clarify and focus then in previous generations. Certainly a Domaine on the rise!