Domaine Pierre Naigeon Fixin VV (750ml)
Cote de Nuits
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The Naigeon family estate is located in Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits. The wine estate dates back to 1890. The family were farmers and coopers and started off slowly making a few barrels of wine and continuing to farm and craft barrels along with operating a small wine merchant business. Jeanne and Pierre Naigeon, grandparents of Pierre, added prestigious Grands Crus to the Domaine. Their youngest son, Jean-Pierre, took over the family business in 1955. Today one of his four sons, Pierre, manages the estate. In 2003 and 2005, Pierre increased the domaine to its present day size of 11.5 hectares (29 acres).
Domaine Pierre Naigeon is planted with both Pinot Noir and Chardonnay vines that are situated on more than 45 plots within the Côte de Nuits. The average age of the vines is remarkably high, most being over 50 years old. This ensures deep roots which nourish the vines from many different layers of the soil, producing more complex wines. This also reduces the natural level of cropping, providing more concentrated wines. They were certified organic in 2019 and also follow biodynamic farming practices. The philosophy of the domaine is to produce high quality fruit using natural methods and minimal human intervention to create exceptional wines that express the uniqueness of the terroir. He only makes single-vineyard wines (from more than 25 different lieu-dit). He vinifies and bottles these separately, and only gently fines the whites. Since 2008 Roland Masse, renowned winemaker of the Hospices de Beaune, has been collaborating with the Domaine and sharing his extensive knowledge of Burgundy, Pierre Naigeon improves even more his workmanship of the agriculture and the winemaking.
The bouquet comprises flower scents of violet and peony along with fruit; blackcurrant, Morello cherry and even quince. In addition to the floral and fruit scents come animal notes of musk and pepper. The wine has a good tannic structure and a broad mouthfeel with lots of flavour concentration from start to finish.
Pinot Noir grapes from the Fixin appellation. The harvest is manual, followed by an extremely thorough sorting before the grapes are gravity fed into into tanks. Using natural yeasts, fermentation begins after several days. Except for several pigeages during the maceration process, human intervention is limited. At the devatting, after fermentation, the wine is siphoned by gravity (no pumps) into oak barrels. The wine ages in the cellar for 12 months at a naturally stable temperature. In order to preserve the aromatic qualities of the wine, a single racking is done several weeks before bottling without using pumps. The wine is bottled without filtration or fining.
Throughout the entirety of the operation, the winemakers take into consideration the cycles of the moon and the sun, which may affect the resulting wines.