2018 Georges Noellat Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes #127538135


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Reviews 92 points Wine Advocate "Opening in the glass with aromas of cherries, sweet berry fruit, warm spices, burning embers and espresso roast, the 2018 Vosne-Romanee 1er Cru Les Chaumes is medium to full-bodied, velvety and lively, with a deep core of fruit and ample reserves of powdery tannin that makes its presence felt on the finish. This is one cuvee where the evolution in Maxime Cheurlin's winemaking style is especially evident, as what was formerly a very approachable wine has become rather serious. (WK)" 92 points Vinous "The 2018 Vosne-Romanee Les Chaumes 1er Cru has an open, expressive bouquet of cranberry, wild strawberry and rose petal aromas, perhaps not quite as precise as the nascent 2019. The palate is medium-bodied with grainy tannins, slightly tarry black fruit and quite a persistent residue of cracked black pepper. (NM)"

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About Georges Noellat

Georges Noëllat is a renowned domaine in Vosne-Romanée, boasting a rich history that dates back to its founder, Georges Noëllat. Georges was the nephew of Charles Noëllat, who once owned one of the most prestigious domains in Vosne, which eventually became the primary portion of Domaine Leroy. In 1991, Maria Theresa Noellat and her husband Jacques Cheurlin, a Champagne grower, inherited the estate. They later passed it down to their grandson, Maxime Cheurlin, in 2009.

With a focus on minimal intervention, Maxime manages the estate's profound terroirs of Vosne Romanée and northern Nuits St Georges, which include a large proportion of incredibly old vines planted before WWII. Maxime has already gained a reputation for his elegant, lacy style of Pinot Noir, which emphasizes the purity of fruit and refinement. All grapes are hand-harvested and cool-macerated before fermentation, with only native yeasts used. During vinification, Maxime prefers the term infusion to extraction, so punch downs are rare and gentle. The use of new oak depends on the appellation and vintage but ranges from 30% to 100%. Aging takes 14 to 20 months, and the wines are generally bottled without fining or filtration.

Despite being a small estate with only five and a half hectares of land, a large proportion of it is old vines, which he intends to preserve with special attention and care. Neal Martin from Vinous Media has said, "Maxime seems to be a driven young vigneron whose tenets have been instilled from an early age, but wow – what potential!"

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