Domaine Jean Chauvenet

Christophe Drag makes the wines here in a typically chunky Nuits style which benefits immensely from keeping. The 9.5ha domaine has a large slice of village vineyards, over 7ha, together with a lovely series of premiers crus which includes Rue de Chaux, Les Damodes, Les Bousselots, Les Perrières and Les Vaucrains. Les Vaucrains is a majestic wine possessing a great structure and length of flavour.

Recently Christophe has moved to grassing down the rows, a technique which reduces vigour, yield and botrytis all of which has a favourable effect on the quality of the wines. The grapes are destemmed, cold soaked for a few days to extract colour before fermenting up to about 32°C. The wine is then aged in barrel, usually with one racking, for about 18-20 months.

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