“And lastly, to crown the repast, Ardan had brought out a fine bottle of Nuits, which was found ‘by chance’ in the provision-box. The three friends drank to the union of the earth and her satellite.” Jules Verne’s Around the Moon was the inspiration for the Apollo 15 astronauts, who christened the crater closest to their landing site Saint Georges. At the base of the crater, along with a little Texan soil, they placed a label of Nuits-Saint-Georges cuvée Terre-Lune. A wine of interplanetary renown!
The citadel, founded in around 1000 AD, derives its name from the Nuicthons, or walnut trees, which were abundant nearby. The strong ramparts protected its inhabitants, nobles, wine growers and religious communities. In the 18th century the town started to export its wine, and several wine merchants sprung up in the following century. The Confrérie des Chevaliers du Tastevin was created here in the 1930s. To help protect the wine industry, badly hit by the Great Depression, they created the Saint-Vincent Tournante wine festival and the Tastevinage seal of approval.
At the eve of the 20th century, Nuits decided, like Gevrey and Morey, to append the name of its best-known climat to the town name.
The vineyards, solidly seated on middle Jurassic sedimentary formations, are cut in two by the town, where the Meuzin stream flows out of the Combe de la Serrée. To the north lies Vosne-Romanée, to the south, Premeaux-Prissey. Being exposed to a variety of directions, the characteristic tastes vary, with more rustic wines to the south of the village. Nuits wines are only at their best after several years, and are ideal for patient collectors... .
Geographic situation: Nuits-Saint-Georges lies on a bed of Comblanchien marble, on the hillside at the base of the Combe de la Serrée, in the sediment cone of the Hautes-Côtes. Our vineyard is on the southern part of the hillside, astride the border between Nuits and Premeaux-Prissey, halfway between the climats of Saint-Georges and the Clos de la Maréchale, at an altitude of 240 m.
Grape variety: 100% Pinot Noir
Soil and subsoil: very pebbly (white Comblanchien oolite) at the bottom of the plot, reddish soil, clayey but only slightly calcareous.
Planting density: 10 000 vines / ha
Yield: 27,41 hl / ha
Rootstock: only clones.
Pest management since 1992
Organic agriculture since 1998. Received official approval in 2000.
Training style: Guyot
Vineyard news: Earthing-up of the vines in winter. Spraying of nettle and rhubarb, horsetail, yarrow, tansy, comfrey tea during each treatment. Biodynamic preparation of 500 and 501 at the end of the winter and of 501 in spring before the flower. Suckers removed in spring.
Surface: 0,3327 ha
Geographical situation: Parcel at mid-slope, above the village of Premeaux.-Prissey