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Claire Naudin, 'Viola Odorata' Cote de Nuits Villages 2018
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Claire Naudin, 'Viola Odorata' Cote de Nuits Villages 2018

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'Viola Odorata' is sourced from a tiny 1.02 ha of 55-115 year-old vines of Pinot Noir Côtes-de-Nuit Villages lieu-dit En Vallerot. This was her father's favorite plot.

Previous Vintage Notes from Chambers Street Wines:

"If you like nuanced, refined Nuits St Georges or Pommard, this wine is for you! Viola odorata (violet) is part of Claire Naudin’s série “flower," her experimental range of wines where she does not use SO2, but at bottling if needed. This cuvée is the emblematic wine of Claire, coming from her father’s favorite plots: 90 year-old vines located just east of Magny-lès-Villiers in Corgoloin. On this perfectly eastern exposed slope of limestone, the Pinots reach a perfect, slow maturity. Hand-harvested, the grapes are vinified whole-cluster with no pump over, free run and press are blended after the two weeks maceration. Sulfur is used usually just at bottling after 18-20 months of aging in 228 liter barrels with a majority percentage new but with gentle toast. The wine is bottled unfiltered.  This cuvée always needs more time, and 2015 is still a baby! The nose is subtle, all in black cherry, elderberry, mint, peony, very fresh and floral. With an hour of decantation, all these notes are exploding without losing their class. In the palate, the wine has flesh and tension, with power slowly growing in crescendo to finish with sleek and silky tannins. The whole-cluster vinification is bringing so much life and density, but also enhances the spiciness and pepperiness. A really beautiful bottle, to keep 10-15 years! Enjoy it with a roasted squab with celeriac salad or a duck breast with sautéed porcini. 100% Pinot Noir. Pascaline Lepeltier."
Cote de Nuits Villages
Pinot Noir
Whole cluster pressed, aged 18-20 months in French oak barrels, some new.