Claire Naudin

26 May 2022

And so, back in issue 6 of Noble Rot in December 2014, we were alerted to the God-like genius of Claire Naudin. Traditionally minded yet forward-thinking, her sensual Burgundies have the balance, intensity, and depth of flavour of appellations much further up the cru hierarchy.

The youngest daughter of Henri Naudin, Claire took over the running of her family’s domaine in 1994. Although the estate includes some of Burgundy’s most prestigious climats, such as Echezeaux Grand Cru and Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru, she has garnered particular acclaim for her wines from more modest (though increasingly exciting) vineyards in Côtes de Nuits Villages, Côtes de Beaune Villages, and the higher elevation slopes of the Hautes-Côtes.

The domaine’s vineyards are farmed organically and Claire takes a pragmatic, low-interventionist approach. She favours whole-bunch fermentation to bring out the lifted perfume in her wines.

Naudin-Ferrand’s Aligoté – Burgundy’s à la mode third grape variety – is made from 40-year-old vines in little-known Magny-lès-Villers. With 6 years of age, its fleshy richness is buttressed by linear acidity and flinty minerality. From the warm 2015 vintage, Claire’s Côtes de Nuits-Villages Rouge combines juicy berry fruit with spicy floral notes and a silky texture.

Enjoying ever-increasing attention from Burgundy lovers, Claire Naudin is producing classy but affordable wines that outperform their humble origins and it may only be a matter of time before the market’s increasingly lofty premiums are applied. Don’t sleep!

Naudin-Ferrand Bourgogne Aligoté ‘Mallon’ 2016 (£20) Sold out
Bottle age has brought out an enjoyably rich and savoury character in this Aligoté. Quince, tangerine, and toasted nuts are cut through by bright acidity. Drink to 2024.

Naudin-Ferrand Côtes de Nuits-Villages Rouge 2015 (£35) Sold out
An intoxicating, Vosne-like perfume of sweet, ripe berries and peony notes. Sleek and silky with luxurious tannins and a touch of earthy, forest floor development. Drink to 2030.

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