Taut, ripe, mineral-flecked fruit, ripe crushed cherry, red berry and currant flavours. Pure, fruity and focused with sufficient depth of flavour adding to its fine-boned structure.
Drouhin-Laroze's new project is Laroze de Drouhin range managed by Philippe sons and daughter. The aim is to have contracts with growers in some of the commune’s top vineyard sites that will compliment their extensive domaine holdings. Production will be small and just as quality focused as that of the domaine. The Drouhins will have control of the vineyard, picking dates but will effectively “buy” the grapes from each vintage, to be fermented, aged and bottled by them. An excellent debut.
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.