Sourced from a very small 0.3 hectare plot of vines planted in the 1960s. 1er Cru Boudots lies just below 1er Cru Damodes. Great purity and typicité with the Nuits upright structure to the fore. Masses of damson plum and dark cherry fruit engage the senses whilst the wine’s undoubted build and complexity bode well for a fine future. Drink from late 2021. Neil Sommerfelt MW
Almost Vosne-like in character, this is aristocratic with masses of succulent, sweet fruit and just a hint of crispness. This is deliciously compressed and tightly wound, will need another 2-3 years in bottle. This parcels sits just above the Grivot plot in the vineyard. Justin Knock MW
Aurélien Verdert's own Domaine comprised almost 4.5 hectares of Hautes Côtesde Nuits until 2009. In that year, he took over vines under a farming agreement in Vosne-Romanée village and 1er cru Beaux Monts as well as Nuits St Georges 1ers crus Damodes and Boudots. This entitled him to declare them as Domaine holdings. His total under vines in the Hautes Côtes has since been extended to almost 6 hectares. Aurélien’s purpose-built, modern cellar is located in the sleepy village of Arcenant in the Hautes Côtes de Nuits less than 10 kilometres west of Nuits St Georges.
He supplements his range through grape contracts under which he lays down the criteria for the early part of the growing season with the vineyard owners. He then takes over the vineyard work in July and harvests and vinifies the grapes then bottles the wines himself. These grapes are tended organically but are not certified. Only his own Domaine is certified AB organic. Fruit is harvested manually and all the cuvées are vinified with indigenous yeasts and only minimal sulphur. Aurélien rarely exceeds 25% new oak for the wines’ barrel maturation. His wines marry floral elegance and finesse with finely-wrought tannins.
Note: Thanks to Alex Tilling for this lovely photo with Aurelien.