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Domaine Jérome Chézeaux
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

Toponymy: The term “Vaucrains” could mean a not very fertile place or coming from the Burgundian patois relating to its hilly relief (Vau) which forms a crack in the hillside (Crain).

Area in production at the estate: 26 ares 47 ca

Soils: Rich, heavy, stony and slightly calcareous soil.

Exposure: East, North / East Southern part of Nuits-Saint-Georges

Altitude: 250m to 280m

The harvest is carried out exclusively by hand. They carry out a first sorting in the vineyard, then on arrival at the winery on a sorting table.

The harvest is 100% destemmed. A cold maceration is carried out during the first 3-4 days out of the 18 to 21 days of vinification.

Throughout this period, daily manual remontage (punching down) and pigeage (pumping over) are practiced.

Indigenous yeasts are used exclusively, and malolactic fermentation occurs in small oak barrels during the extended ageing of the wines.

They use 30% new barrels per appellation.  The wines are bottled without filtration between 18 to 24 months after harvest.

“Les Vaucrains” has a fairly strong colour and a powerful nose. By its very present tannins, “Les Vaucrains” can seem a little severe in its youth. This full-bodied wine requires patience, and give it time to settle down.