We first met Julien Cruchandeau in November 2018 at the celebration of the 20th anniversary of Bouzeron getting its village appellation. Julien started making wine in 2003, and was one of the pioneers of Bouzeron. He has since moved up into the hills above Nuits St Georges to pursue what has become an incredibly dynamic career, marking him as one of the great winemakers of his generation.
Julien started producing some masterpiece wines in this relatively unknown zone. His reputation spread quickly, and we heard of him from several of the other young producers that we represent. So we were pretty sure he is a perfect Elden Selections producer.
Mixed case has 4 bottles of each PLUS Ground Shipping included:
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Blanc 2018 Very low yields for the appellation (30hl/ha). Raised in 50% steel tank and 50% wood (with 10% new oak in the mix). Orange flower and honey, rich but fresh and open. Long pleasant floral finish.
Hautes Côtes de Nuits 'Les Cabottes' 2018 Tank raised. 12.5% alcohol. Vineyard in transition: half of it is 60 years old; the other half a new plantation 6 years old. The two parts are fermented separately then assembled in to one cuvee. 2018 gave him lovely phenolic maturity, so he did a slow cold maceration. The result is enormous fruit and a wine accessible now. Beautiful Pinot Noir!
Hautes Côtes de Nuits 'Valencons' 2018 This single vineyard wine comes from a steep slope with not much limestone and clay soil. So expect a bigger structure than the Cabottes. 10% new wood, and another 10% of older barrels. Fresh open, soft black cherry fruit, earthy and mineral. The result of some whole cluster maceration. Earth, juicy, chocolaty, great volume. Exuberant!