Gevrey Chambertin, 2016

  Coquard Loison Fleurot

Gevrey Chambertin

Contains Sulphites.

About Coquard Loison Fleurot

Things happen pretty fast in Burgundy. One day you’re flying under the radar as an unknown, the next you are in the spotlight being billed as the next big thing. The rise and rise of “CLF” as they have become known in the trade (let’s face it, it’s less of a mouthful) has been quite startling. Two years ago, we’d never heard of them. Apparently, there was a time when they were selling most of their wines in French supermarkets. Now they are being mentioned in the same breath as Burgundian Royalty.

The domaine itself is very impressive, boasting a high proportion of grands crus. When Thomas Colladot returned to the family estate in 2010, the ascent began. Thomas had previously been learning his trade under the tutelage of Sebastien Cathiard. He has since refined his own style, still being an advocate of purity and freshness, his wines tend to be lighter and more transparent than Domaine Cathiards, and he is judicial in his use of new oak. The results are turning heads. We are delighted to offer a selection of his very successful 2015s.

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.