Like the Nuits Murgers, Méo's 2018 Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Boudots is showing especially well this year, soaring from the glass with a complex bouquet of ripe cherries, raspberries, rose petals and spices, complemented by subtle hints of rich soil as well as carnal nuances. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and elegant, with good concentration, fine tannins and a long, mineral finish. As usual, Méo chose to incorporate some whole clusters in this cuvée. Like many of the wines in the cellar this year, this is unusually well-integrated at this early stage in its élevage. (WK)
Choosing a favorite between the 2018 Boudots and Murgers is going to be one of the really fun challenges of the coming three or four decades, as this wine too is stellar! Jean-Nicolas used about ten percent whole clusters for this wine in 2018. It is more black fruity in profile out of the blocks than the Murgers, offering up a refined blend of black plums, black cherries, gamebird, bonfire, dark soil tones and new oak. On the palate the wine is pure, full-bodied and fairly powerful out of the blocks for Boudots chez Méo, with a rock solid core, ripe, firm tannins and great focus and grip on the long and nascently complex finish. This may need a year or two longer in the cellar to blossom, but it is going to be every bit as superb as the Murgers- just differently styled. 2030-2065.
Here too there is just enough wood to merit mentioning present on the spicier if less earth-inflected aromas of fresh and quite pretty violet, red and dark currant and a whiff of exotic tea. The rich, powerful and muscular flavors possess slightly better mid-palate density before culminating in a complex and lingering if decidedly compact finish. This is a big and robust wine so patience is advised.
The 2018 Nuits Saint-Georges Les Boudots 1er Cru has more vibrancy and energy compared directly with the Aux Murgers. The palate is medium-bodied with slightly angular tannins, a little more acidity than the Aux Murgers and good tension and nervosité toward the finish, imparted by the 10% added stems. It needs a little time in bottle, but it should turn out to be a fine Les Boudots. (NM)
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