Maxime Cheurlin marked a new milestone for Domaine Georges Noellat in 2017, volume has never been higher at the Domaine as Maxime bought new vineyards and signed new contracts in the past few years. In 2017 Maxime added a new cuvee to the portfolio – Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Mignotte, a darker shade of fruits compared to his Vosne Romanee.
2017 is Maxime’s seventh vintage as the winemaker of Domaine Georges Noellat after moving down from Champagne in 2010. All the grapes are destemmed (except for Echezeaux, which sees 15-20% whole cluster) but the wines are brilliantly elegant, bright and perfumed (think Domaine Duroche). In general, Grand Cru wines are aged in 100% new oak, Premier Cru aged in 40% new oak and Village wines are aged in 25% new oak.
2017 is another successful vintage for Domaine Georges Noellat, most of their 2017s are incredibly bright and seductive. These wines should offer lots of pleasure in youth and mid-term drinking.
Bourgogne Rouge 2017
The Georges Noellat Bourgogne 2017 is drinking brilliantly already. Juicy strawberries, raspberries and mild scented nose of summer flowers. Easy drinking and resembles Chambolle Musigny nose of red cherry. Drink from 2019. (85/100)
Vosne Romanee 2017
I have a soft spot for Georges Noellat’s Vosne Romanee village. I think it is simply one of the most delicious village Burgundy one can find at a reasonable price. Deeply laced Vosne spices intertwined with fresh strawberries and volatile rose petals. Juicy fruits and fragrant bouquet. Surprisingly, this is drinking well already. (had a couple of glasses of this as a night cap!). Great finish. (88-89/100)
Beaune 1er Cru La Mignolle 2017
This is Maxime’s first vintage on the Beaune La Mignolle. A brilliantly rich wine that has been highly rated by Neal Martin. The Beaune 1er La Mignolle is a different animal compared to their Vosne Romanee. Still reduced but showing good potential. Impressive concentration that shows proper Premier Cru definition. Smoked dark berries, mixed currant, black tea, gravel and low pitched structure. One of the most muscular wines from Georges Noellat. (90/100)
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Chaumes 2017
The Vosne Romanee 1er Cru Chaumes has a similar bouquet to the Vosne Romanee village but with a richer tone of gravel and slightly darker shade of cherry. Seductive nose of rose petals, bubbly fruits and mild exotic spices. Sweet and delicate. Drink from 2020. (91-92/100)
Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots 2017
The 2017 Georges Noellat Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots is more reserved than the flamboyant Vosne Romanee wines. Tight array of dark berries, black cherries and summer flowers. Great latent energy on the palate, desirable Premier Cru weight with a firm backbone. Keep this in your cellar for at least 5 years before drinking. (92/100)