Jean Tardy Nuits-St-Georges 1er Cru 'Aux Argillas' 2017

  • In 1966, Jean Tardy started working vines
  • Son Guillaume took charge of the winemaking in 2001.
  • With only five hectares all up, these traditional, precise and elegant wines are domaine-bottled in tiny quantities.
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  • Decanter
    92 points
  • Burghound
    91 points
  • Jasper Morris M
    93 points
  • Jancis Robinson
    16.5 points
  • Vinous
    93 points

Editors notes

"The 2017 Nuits Saint-Georges Aux Argillats 1er Cru needs some coaxing from the glass, only reluctantly revealing sultry blackberry, iodine and hints of blue fruit lending some “light” with time. This is certainly tightly coiled at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with a smooth, velvety, corpulent texture, a mixture of red and black fruit and a touch of gaminess toward the finely tuned finish. Good potential." - Neal Martin


Tasting Profile

  • Light (Light)
    Full (Full)
  • Low Tannin (Low Tannin)
    Tannic (Tannic)
  • Sweet (Sweet)
    Dry (Dry)
  • Low Acidity (Low Acidity)
    High Acidity (High Acidity)
  • Aroma
    • Earthy
    • Herbal
    • Red Fruits
  • Palate
    • Cedar
    • Red Cherry
    • Strawberry

Food Pairings

  • Fish
  • Game
  • Poultry

Critic Scores & reviews

  • Decanter

    "One of a pair of impressive Nuits premiers crus in Guillaume Tardy's range, again located on the Vosne side of the village. This comes from clay soils, as its name suggests, and there's a little bit of influence from the combe here, but it's still a smooth, supple Pinot with stylish oak, silky tannins and a refreshing tang on the finish."
  • Burghound

    "A background application of wood does not impede the appreciation of the airy and fresh aromas of red currant, cherry, violet and a wisp of the sauvage. There is better volume and concentration to the middle weight flavors that offer better depth and persistence though the wood shows up again on the finish and it's prominent enough that it seems clear that this will need a few years to better integrate it."
  • Jasper Morris MW

    "Medium deep purple, some of the village wines were denser in colour. Red plum fruit on the nose. Quite fresh on the palate with a little firmness behind, a middle weight Nuits but the persistence at the finish shows does indeed show 1er Cru quality."
  • Jancis Robinson MW

    "Dark-fruited and spicy on the nose. Elegant and refined in a rather sober style. Tannins are just a little chewy at the moment but everything is in place for the future. Good length too. (JH)"
  • Vinous


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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.

Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.

Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)

The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.


Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.

There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.


Nuits-Saint-George is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) – or controlled designation of origin – almost exclusively for red wine (Pinot Noir) in the Côte de Nuits subregion of Burgundy, France. There are also some rare plots of Chardonnay here. This village appellation is home to 41 Premiers Crus climats (a ‘climat’ is a specific vineyard site). The Pinot Noir wines are deep crimson in colour. On the nose, expect aromas of rose and licorice, with young wines displaying red- and black-fruit characters, including cherry, strawberry, and blackcurrant. With age, aromas including leather, truffle, game, fur, and prune can develop. On the palate, these wines tend to feature faintly higher alcohol levels and more ripeness than some of their Côte de Nuits counterparts. They are powerful and full-bodied, with a well-balanced structure and long finish. These wines can benefit greatly from several years of cellar ageing. The Chardonnays from Nuits-Saint-George, of which there are few, are a pronounced golden colour, with aromas and flavours of brioche, white flowers, and sometimes honey.

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About the brand Domaine Jean Tardy et Fils

In 1966, Jean Tardy started working vines in Nuits-St-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Clos Vougeot under a crop-sharing arrangement with Domaine Méo-Camuzet. From the 1980s, he started slowly but surely to build his estate, acquiring land in the likes of Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée and Gevrey-Chambertin over the next 30 years. Son Guillaume took charge of the winemaking in 2001. With only five hectares all up, these traditional, precise and elegant wines are domaine-bottled in tiny quantities. No wonder it took a little help from our friends to track down Jean Tardy & Fils. But now we’re in on the secret, it’s clear why the privileged few see this as one of the finest producers on the Côte d’Or.

I like the style here: rich, balanced and pure, plump and intensely flavoured. Clive Coates MW, The Wines of Burgundy

Guillaume Tardy took the winemaking reins from his father Jean in 2001, a year after working vintage with Stephen Pannell’s parents at Picardy in WA. He continues to work under the watchful eye of Jean, the two of them doing everything to ensure healthy fruit and excellent ripeness. That means short pruning, de-budding and strict green harvest to keep yields down. The winemaking is gentle in the extreme. The fruit is 100% destemmed and the whole berries given a seven-day cold soak to extract colour and flavour. Fermentation takes place with infrequent pigeage to keep the elegance and finesse of the fruit. The wines are gently pressed to barrel and matured on lees, receiving their first racking at final blending. With only five hectares all up, these traditional, precise and elegant wines are domain-bottled in tiny quantities.

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