Le Clos Napoleon, in official surveys known as "Aux Cheuzots", is named after Claude Noisot, an officer of the Imperial Guard of Napoleon who used to own it. This premier cru, now exclusively owned by Pierre Gelin, is located on a hilltop and mainly composed of clay and limestone soil with some stones. The estate acquired 1.8 hectares in 1950 and planted ten years later after having first cleared the vineyard. The vines have an average age of 50 years and yields are naturally low, but of high quality. This terroir produces a fine and elegant wine for the Burgundy lovers that will wait four to five years before drinking it.
Beautiful bright ruby red color of medium intensity. The fine and distinguished nose is accompanied by floral notes of violets and lilies. Lots of charm on the palate with a generous and delicate texture. The freshness of the hilltop exposure gives the wine a minerally liveliness. Nice, tight length. Elegant, slender and precise.
Pair this 1er cru from Fixin with a dish of Guinea fowl, duck, poultry or even lamb.
Clay and limestone
Very selective de-budding and manual leaf thinning. Vineyard fertilized with organic compost only if required
A few days of cold maceration followed by alcoholic fermentation with indigenous yeasts. Aged in oak barrels for 20 months. The wine is sold after a year or two of aging in the cellars
Le nez se montre assez discret, sur des notes de cerise bien mûre et de violette. La bouche fait l'unanimité par sa densité, son volume, ses tanins fins et ces arômes que l'on retrouvent à tous les stades de la dégustation; au nez avec des parfums de fleurs fraîchement coupées; en bouche où une minéralité délicate épouse le fruit. L'ensemble est droit bien construit, long, encore retenu. 2018-2025
Guide hachette 2016 - 2 étoiles
Located in the Côte de Nuits between Marsannay and Gevrey Chambertin, this property operates more than twelve acres of vineyards in the Fixin and Gevrey-Chambertin appellations. Stephen Gelin made his first vintage here in 1969 and now runs the property with his son, Pierre-Emmanuel. To ensure a supply of high quality fruit father and son pay particular attention to their cultivation methods. The fertilizers used on the soil are all natural and come from organic agriculture, and work on the vines, such as selective pruning or leaf removal, is performed manually. The Gelin family’s traditional approach to winemaking produces remarkable, well-structured wines whose qualities are fully revealed after a few years of aging.
The Côte de Nuits vineyards stretch 22 kilometres from the northern communes of Fixin and Marsannay to the southern villages of Comblanchien and Corgoloin (which form part of the Côte de Nuits-Villages appellation). The most prestigious appellations and wines, however, are found in the middle: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, Échezeaux, Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, and Charmes-Chambertin. Interspersed between villages are dozens of valley-side vineyards where the soil is made of marl, hard limestone and loamy scree – conditions ideally suited to Pinot Noir. Rows of premiers and grands crus line the middles and tops of exposed, sunny hillsides.
The conditions for growing Pinot Noir in the Côte de Nuits are exceptional. The terroirs are made up of high quality soils and sub-soils and the difficult climatic conditions challenge the vines, ensuring the finest fruit. But the winemakers’ contributions cannot be overlooked, as they’ve spent centuries learning to master this demanding and finicky grape.
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