Gevrey Chambertin, Mes Favorites , 2005

  Alain Burguet

Gevrey Chambertin, Mes Favorites

"Deeper ruby. A deft touch of wood frames notably ripe earthy dark berry fruit aromas and rich, stylish and sweet flavors that are even more complex and add the dimensions of power and punch to the remarkably long and explosive finish. This too is blessed with ample amounts of dry extract and this should reward up to a decade of cellar time though be approachable before that. In some, this delivers 1er quality." Allen Meadows, Burghound

Contains Sulphites.

About Alain Burguet

A traditionalist in every sense, Alain Burguet’s love of the ‘Great Outdoors’ sees him tirelessly work his vineyards during the growing season. As yet he is still quite an undiscovered grower, and therefore his prices are rather reasonable, mainly due to the fact he does not have plots in any of the “presitigious” vineyards. The result of low yields and minimum intervention in the cellar, where the wines rest in old oak for over a year and a half, his Gevrey Vieilles Vignes is a complex sturdy wine that would pass off quite easily as a 1er or even Grand Cru in a blind tasting.

Appellation: Gevrey-Chambertin

A town in the Côte de Nuits producing some of Burgundy's most renowned red wines. With 400ha of vineyard area this is the largest wine-producing region in the Côte d'Or. Gevrey-Chambertin's wines are typically some of the sturdiest in the Côte de Nuits, certainly bigger and heavier than those of close neighbours Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny. As such the best examples require a longer bottle-ageing to show at their best, however whilst the best examples rate as highly as those of Vosne-Romanée and Chambolle-Musigny, being a large commune there are all too many disappointing wines that lack the ripeness structure and power they should have. Fortunately there are a number of top class growers making Gevrey, including Armand Rousseau, Denis Mortet, Bruno Clair, Drouhin-Laroze, Trapet, Rossignol-Trapet, and Denis Bachelet.
Gevrey also boasts eight grands crus, perhaps too many!, the finest of which are Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. Whilst it is questionable whether some of these are worthy of their Grand Cru status, Gevrey also boasts two Premiers Crus, the region's best, considered worthy of elevation to Grand Cru status. These are Les Cazetiers and Clos St-Jacques, a particularly fine bottling of the latter is produced by Domaine Armand Rousseau, who charge more for their Clos St-Jacques than for several of their other Grands Crus.

Grape Type: Pinot Noir

Pinot Noir is the classic grape of red burgundy, whose greatest wines are concentrated in the east and south-east-facing clay/limestone hills of Burgundy's Côte d'Or. A notoriously temperamental variety, Pinot Noir has proved difficult to grow in certain climates and soils and will not tolerate over-cropping. The best examples have wonderfully expressive aromas and thrillingly pure bitter sweet red forest fruit and cherry flavours, developing truffle and game overtones with age. At their greatest they offer a lightness with intensity and are transparent enough to magnify the characteristics of the terroir in which they are grown. Outside of Burgundy, Pinot Noir has had great success in New Zealand, coastal California, Oregon, Hemel en Aarde in South Africa and the more marginal, cooler districts in Australia. Along with Chardonnay and Pinot Meunier, Pinot Noir is also one of the major components of Champagne.