The velvety smoothness of good Burgundy wines, caused by the higher spirits, ensures that their taste touches the tongue softly and is gentle on the nerves, wrote Dr Guy-Crescent Fagon in 1694. He added A wine that the stomach can press and digest at leisure, without rushing to get rid of it. This prescription was addressed to Louis XIV, weighed down by ill health. Nuits wine, recommended by his senior physician, soon cured the royal patient. Wine for convalescence, purely medicinal, had been invented!
Tasting notes from February 2001, by Christophe Gremeau,
Sommelier at Amuse-Bouche in Beaune, gourmet delicatessen.
"Deep ruby colour, bright, with purplish highlights. First nose appealing, offering both power and complexity. Spicy notes with a touch of tar and new leather. In the mouth the wine is concentrated, dense, filled out with tannins which are noticeable without being aggressive. Long finish and handsome retro-olfaction with mineral notes. A thoroughbred wine, for laying down."