It was my husband’s birthday last week, so his parents brought us to dp Brasserie, one of our favorite local restaurants to celebrate. I always enjoy the truffled pommes frites with reggiano and the rather extensive wine menu. After a relatively quick perusal of the list, I eagerly selected Potel Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Chaignots Pinot Noir 2006. Nicolas Potel made his reputation by consistently producing classical Burgundy at affordable prices. In 2009 he left the company that still bears his name in order to establish his own Domaine Potel. Les Chaignots, the vineyard where the grapes were sourced from, is located on the northern side of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Wines from Les Chaignots are known for their combination of strong structure and delicate refinement, and this being a 1er [Premier Cru] I thought it would be emblematic of the region. Furthermore, Nicolas strives to “remain true to the characteristics of each vineyard” using practices such as low yields and as little intervention in the vineyard as possible.
Translucent cranberry-garnet in colour, woodsy aromas and peat smoke dappled with delicate violet notes curled about in my glass. Black cherry with hints of tartness merged with ripe blackberry and traces of cozy cinnamon in the light to medium body. Spicy white pepper and toasty oak elements were warming in the lengthy finish. Silky smooth and elegant, this is a vibrant yet blissfully tranquil glass wonderful on its own or at the table.
100% Pinot Noir
$30 [average price], $45 [restaurant price]
Enjoy now thru 2014