Lupe-Cholet Nuits-Saint-Georges 1964
In 1903 in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Alexandre de Mayol de Lupé and Félix de Cholet joined forces to create the House which still bears their name, Lupé Cholet. Their adage « To combine the best of soil, vine and human skill to produce wines of unique personality » remains as relevant today as it was in 1903.
Today Lupé Cholet owns 25 hectares of prime vineyards in the Côte d’Or and Chablis as well as benefitting from long-established partnerships with various wine growers throughout Burgundy. This means that Lupé Cholet is perfectly positioned to offer one of the most extensive and highest quality portfolios in Burgundy. Only the very finest grapes are carefully selected for vinification in their beautiful 13th Century cellars at Chateau du Clos de Lupé in Nuits St Georges. Hand-picking, gentle pressing, partial or total de-stemming and cold maceration prior to fermentation are some of the techniques used to impart an elegant, feminine style to their wines. A house style that produces silky, complex wines with seductive ripe fruit aromas that progressively reveal themselves at each stage in their evolution.
Inhabiting the bottom end of the northern half of the Côte d’Or, Nuits-St-Georges is a busy, market-driven town and home to many of Burgundy’s negociants. It is also the largest town in the Côte d’Or after Beaune and contributes "nuits" to the name of Côte de Nuits (i.e., the northern half of the Côte d’Or).
The appellation itself is divided into two parts, where in the north it directly borders Vosne-Romanée, the southerly end is the commune of Prémeaux. There are no Grands Crus in this village, though it does have a large number of Premiers Crus.
The best Nuits-St-Georges Pinot Noir are layered with cherry, plum, underbrush and sandalwood. The fruit is sweet, the wine energetic, and the finish long and lush.
Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”