Boutique Wines

The style of Philippe Gavignet Burgundy “brings back” the profound elegance of Pinot Noir to Nuits-Saint-Georges, an appellation often known for more tannic (and often less balanced) wines. Gavignet wines are solid proof that Nuits has the terroir to produce elegant Burgundy but that it requires a conscientious winemaker such as Philippe to craft it.

This fourth-generation estate has an impressive pedigree of Gavignet’s vineyards in Nuits. What you’ll discover with these selections are unquestionably some of Nuits’ most expressive, very-old-vine terroirs, with vines planted as far back as the 1920s.

Yet what’s kept us coming back to this modest cellar is the finesse and harmony of this estate’s honest, hand-crafted wines. Not to mention what an enjoyable experience it is to taste with Philippe, a “salt of the earth” sort of winemaker. He can’t stand pretence; casual but serious, Philippe is a true artisan who is always eager to share with us older bottles to show just how revelatory his old-vine Nuits can be.

Curiously, Gavignet remains an insider’s secret, while “bigger” names in the village garner the attention (and demand ever-higher prices). Yet no other producer even comes close to capturing the true character of this impeccable terroir as does Philippe Gavignet.

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Philippe Gavignet

2015 Nuits Saint Georges 'Les Argillats'

An outperforming villages-level wine, with vines planted in the 1960s. Juicy, spicy, silky: a complete package.

Aromas of black fruits, minerals, purple flowers.
Persistent and deep, with silky tannins; a long, spiced finish.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2015Region: BurgundyFermentation: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks.Vineyard: Estate vineyard ‘Les Argillats’ sits at the forest line, above Nuits’ premier cru row, on the side of the village that borders Vosne-Romanée. Soils are brown limestone with lots of gravel; marl subsoils.Oak: Aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 15 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.Appellation: Nuits Saint GeorgesAlcohol: 13%

2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru 'Les Bousselots'

A Wine with fresh leather aromas and warm tannins

The ‘Bousselots’ vineyard sits not far from the village border with Vosne-Romanée; a bit of Vosne violets and velvety tannins make their way into this sultry, elegant cru wine. Vines planted in 1946.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2015Region: BurgundyFermentation: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks.Vineyard: Soils combine brown limestone with abundant white, chalky stones; top soil is loamy and fertile.Oak: Aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 16 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.Appellation: Nuits Saint GeorgesAlcohol: 13.5%

2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru 'Les Chaboeufs'

Wine with aromas of blackcurrant with spicy notes To taste on marinated meats, game

Half the vineyard was planted in 1950; the rest in 1990 and 1994. The ‘Chaboeufs’ vineyard is nestled into a cool, narrow valley; soils are brown limestone with some clay, stony and iron-rich. ‘Chaboeufs’ is meaty, black-fruited, concentrated — yet retains a cool elegance in both texture and aroma, very captivating. A great wine for the cellar.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2015Region: BurgundyFermentation: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanksVineyard: The ‘Chaboeufs’ vineyard is nestled into a cool, narrow valley; soils are brown limestone with some clay, stony and iron-rich.Oak: Aged in French oak barrels (30% new) for 16 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.Appellation: Nuits Saint GeorgesAlcohol: 13.5%

2015 Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru 'Les Pruliers'

Wine with racy nose with black fruit aromas To be enjoyed with pimento game, marinated meats

Gavignet’s vines, planted in 1974, at the foot of this vineyard grow in brown limestone soils that are very gravely. This extra bit of mineral influence gives ‘Pruliers’ structure and definition, with a touch of coffee and chocolate on the finish.

Technical Information
Vintage: 2015Region: BurgundyFermentation: Hand-harvested. Fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled tanks.Vineyard: Gavignet’s older vines at the foot of the vineyard grow in brown limestone soils that are very gravely.Oak: Aged in French oak barrels (25% new) for 16 months. Bottled unfined and unfiltered.Appellation: Nuits Saint GeorgesAlcohol: 13.5%