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Gevrey-Chambertin: from a monk’s field of riches to hallowed Pinot terroir

With GD’s annual campaign for Burgundy now in full swing, we continue to share some special offers with you. Today we focus on Gevrey-Chambertin and a mixed case of 2018s from Domaines Duroché, Marc Roy and Trapet. Some additional wine provided by these respective domaines means we are able to make a limited amount available outside of what is already allocated to customers.

Dear Reader,

The Côte de Nuits. When it comes to red burgundy, the very finest and most sought-after hail from this northern end of the Côte d’Or. Of all the wine-producing villages in Burgundy, Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest with its vast amount of ideal land for wine growing. Located in the far north of the Côte de Nuits above Morey-Saint Denis, the iron-rich clay soils of Gevrey-Chambertin are responsible for some of the most haunting and long-lived Pinot Noir on the planet. The village has for years carried a strong reputation and to date, the overall quality of wine from here is higher than ever. As such, while the best Grands and Premiers Crus are both hard to come by and outside many a wine budget, there is so much reward in the Village Cru level.

A monk by the name of Bertin presided over a field that became known as Champ de Bertin (‘field of Bertin’ in French). This is where Gevrey-Chambertin’s greatest Grand Cru gets it name from. Over time, Champ de Bertin evolved into Chambertin. It was in 1847 when the ‘Gevrey’ appended the name of this Grand Cru vineyard and from that moment beginning the trend for other villages to adopt it too.

Gevrey-Chambertin 2018
6-bottle mixed case

R 6,995
per 6-bottle mixed case

Only 20 mixed cases are available 

Domaine Trapet | Gevrey-Chambertin “Ostrea” 2018 | 3 x bottles
Domaine Marc Roy | Gevrey-Chambertin “Cuvée Alexandrine” 2018 | 1 x bottle
Domaine Duroché | Gevrey-Chambertin 2018 | 2 x bottles

Domaine Trapet

Jean-Louis Trapet took over control of the family domaine and its 16 hectares of vineyard holdings in 1990. Of the Village wines, the Gevrey-Chambertin cuvée “Ostrea” is produced from 2.5 hectares that are located in a prime northerly part of the village. Together with a significant percentage of old vines making up the Domaine’s total holdings, Jean-Louis is firmly focused on the notion of terroir in his wines and he remains fully committed to biodynamic principles of viticulture following official conversion in 1998. Chemicals have been rejected and in the vineyard there is a nurturing of indigenous fauna and respect for the lunar cycles. The wines are testament to this entire philosophy – they possess astounding purity and complexity.

“The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin “Ostrea” comprises around 70% whole cluster this year and comes from parcels around the village of Brochon. This has an elegant bouquet of gorgeous wild strawberry and raspberry preserve aromas, the oak seamlessly integrated. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannins and well-judged acidity, and so juicy that it is nigh impossible to detect the stem addition. This might well constitute the best “Ostrea” I have tasted from Trapet.”
92-94 points | Neal Martin | Vinous (January 2020)

Domaine Marc Roy

At Domaine Marc Roy, Alexandrine is the fourth generation in charge of the Roy family’s holdings (since 2003) in Gevrey-Chambertin and Marsannay. This is a very small domaine in Gevrey terms, with just four hectares but which are meticulously cared for by Alexandrine. She spends most of her time in the vineyards, very closely caring for the soil and old vines. All of this results in wines that are dense in flavour but, because of minimal intervention in the cellar, are also very elegant and delicately precise. Made only in the best vintages, the “Cuvée Alexandrine” was introduced in 2005 and is a strict selection of grapes from six of Alexandrine’s choice vineyard plots. Only the grapes that are naturally smaller and concentrated (millerandées) are chosen which results in a wine of depth and complexity.

“There is outstanding intensity and mid-palate density to the succulent medium weight plus flavors that culminate in a youthfully austere finish that is at once quite firm yet racy. While the prior wines should drink reasonably well after only a few years of cellaring, this beauty will require a bit more patience. Highly recommended.”
92 points | Allen Meadows | Burghound (January 2020)

Domaine Duroché

The Duroché family first started bottling its own wine in 1933, but ever since fifth generation Pierre Duroché took charge in 2005, the Domaine has rocketed upwards with real authority. The family’s holdings make up 8.25 hectares in Gevrey-Chambertin, including the Gevrey-Chambertin Village showcased today. The wines here are all about finesse, charm and understated power, and even in an appellation like Gevrey with so much competition, Pierre maintains true to the family’s style of winemaking and focusses on purity of fruit over the flash of new oak (no more than 15% used). The Gevrey-Chambertin Village is a blend of parcels planted between 1950 and 1980 and is matured for 15-16 months in 15% new oak.

“The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Village has a slightly rustic, ferrous bouquet that needs to knit together during the remainder of its élevage. The palate conveys satisfying sapidity and steely tannins. The taut, brisk, stony finish disguises the warmth of the growing season. Superb winemaking on display here.”
89-91 points | Neal Martin | Vinous (January 2020)

In other Burgundy news:
Domaine Dujac

“Trapping the carbon dioxide released during a wine’s fermentation is an expensive, labor-intensive process that captures only a tiny amount of the harmful greenhouse gas.
Yet Diana Seysses, winemaker for Burgundy’s famed Domaine Dujac as well as Napa’s Snowden Vineyards, has dedicated the last four years to solving this puzzle—and is building a winery equipped to capture CO2. Seysses explains the science behind carbon capture, and her vision for a global industry-wide collective for turning wineries’ CO2 into biofuel.”

Read the full article on SevenFifty Daily HERE

“The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Village has a slightly rustic, ferrous bouquet that needs to knit together during the remainder of its élevage. The palate conveys satisfying sapidity and steely tannins. The taut, brisk, stony finish disguises the warmth of the growing season. Superb winemaking on display here.”
89-91 points | Neal Martin | Vinous (January 2020)

Many thanks.

Kind regards,
Simon Crawley
Account Manager | WSET – Level 3