Burgundy, Crash Course

Crash Course: Gevrey-Chambertin

Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the most famous appellations in Burgundy. It lies south of Dijon in the Côte de Nuits and is in fact the largest AOC in the Cote d’Or. This Appellation only produces red wines from Pinot Noir and takes pride in having 9 Grands Crus and 26 Premiers Crus climats.

Gevrey-Chambertin, originally called Gevrey-en-Montagne, was the first village in the Côte d’Or which added the name of the famous vineyard to the village name. Hence, Gevrey-en-Montagne became Gevrey-Chambertin in 1847.

All Grands Crus carry Chambertin in their names as a tribute to the most respected Grands Crus: Le Chambertin (Napoléon’s favourite wine).

Out of the 26 Premiers Crus vineyards, Clos-Saint-Jacques is often considered as being on the same level of quality as that of a Grand Cru.

The wines produced here are usually characterized by intensity and power and regarded as the most structured and full-bodied wines of Burgundy. They need time to open and therefore have great ageing potential.

Among the most respected producers based in Gevrey-Chambertin are Domaine Armand Rousseau, Domaine Jean-Marie Fourrier, Denis Mortet and Domaine Trapet Père et Fils.

Gevrey-Chambertin Fast Facts:

  • Population: 3065
  • Soil: Chalk and limestone
  • General wine style: firm body, tannic, structured and rich. Total hectarage of vineyards:  454 ha
  • Grands Crus: 55 ha (9 different crus)
  • Premiers Crus: 84 ha
  • Villages: 315 ha
  • Gevrey’s 9 Grands Crus:
    • Ruchottes-Chambertin
    • Mazis-Chambertin
    • Chapelle-Chambertin
    • Griotte-Chambertin
    • Chambertin Clos de Bèze
    • Chambertin
    • Charmes-Chambertin
    • Mazoyères-Chambertin
    • Latricières-Chambertin