Antoine Lienhardt 'Aux Vignottes', Côtes de Nuits-Villages, France 2020
Antoine Lienhardt is a rising star and humble overachiever in the appellation of Côte de Nuits Villages. In 2011, he took over 4.2 hectares of vines that were planted by his grandfather in the 1960s. The 2012 vintage produced the first estate-bottled wines in the family. The biodynamically farmed regional and Côte de Nuits Villages vines produce a line of wines with a drive and energy that command your attention immediately and will evolve. There is no lack of fruit in the 2019s. A nervy backbone of acidity keeps the wines fresh and lively. The wine has an earth component to it, when you stick your nose in the glass you can smell the clay, giving the wine a bit of a savory leather and iron component in its youth. You can absolutely drink these wines now, but the Aux Vignettes would certainly benefit from a little time in bottle.
Grape: Pinot Noir, "Aux Vignottes", produced since the 2015 vintage is located directly across from Mugnier's Nuits St Georges Clos de la Marechale, has deeper clay and is less stony
Viticulture: Organic, Biodynamic, Regenerative
Vinification: Harvested at optimum ripeness (always determined by consistent tasting in the vineyards), 100% destemmed, closed tank fermentation with cuvaison of 10 to 15 days. No sulfur added in vinification.
Ageing: One year of ageing in oak barrels, 10% of which are new. Just a touch of sultur added at the bottling.