Domaine Jean Chauvenet
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Country of Origin: France
Location: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Côte de Nuits
People: Jean Chauvenet & Christophe Drag, Owners & Winemakers
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Domaine Jean Chauvenet is one of the most highly respected producers working the vineyards of Nuits-Saint-Georges. With no less than seven premier crus complemented by serious Bourgogne Rouge and Villages-level cuvées, the comprehensive scope of vineyard holdings over their 9.5 hectares is among the greatest in the appellation. Jean Chauvenet runs the domaine with his son-in-law, Christophe Drag, a relative newcomer to the family firm. Educated at Lycée Viticole in Beaune and the University of Dijon, Christophe Drag has brought a modern and energetic touch to this family firm.
The wines of Nuits-Saint-Georges are not soft in their youth, but that is the true character of the terroir: robust tannins, dark fruit, and a mineral infusion from the iron-inflected soils that, taken together, can only come from this singular district. The northern holdings tend to produce delicate wines while the southern holdings produce structured wines.
The estate’s holdings are farmed with the underlying objective of achieving certification as an organic grower in the coming years. Harvest is manual. Vinification is classic with 100% destemming and a brief period of cold maceration followed by two to three weeks of cuvaison, the length of which is determined by the appellation and the inherent structure of each wine. A decanting follows and then the wine is moved into small barrels where the malolactic fermentation occurs. An elevage of about 18 months occurs, and the wines are bottled without fining or filtration.