From the narrow valley which leads into the hills above Nantoux, where the mid-point of altitude is 377 metres, this is one of two superb red wine plots that Boris farms separately in the Hautes Côtes, known as “Le Clou”. The soil here is whiter than in his En Bignon 421 cuvée, with high lime and marlstone content, and plentiful pebbles. The grapes were hand-picked and de-stemmed, then 40% bunch-stems were added back to the fermentation vat. The wine aged in small, 228-litre oak barrels, of which one third were new. Colour is deep purple, aromas ripe and dense. This is a lively wine, with flesh, good follow-through and fine, well-rounded tannins (for drinking 2024-2028+).