2014 Denis Mortet Gevrey Chambertin "Les Champeaux" 1er Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1242327 93-95 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux comes from 60- to 100-year-old vines on four different blocks in the corners of the vineyard, where the soil worked by horse as there is no access into the vineyard for a vehicle. It has a stoic, mineral bouquet that expresses the limestone mother-rock in this vineyard. The palate is medium-bodied with succulent ripe tannin, crisp acidity, superb mineralité, and the 40% new oak seamless is integrated on the crystalline finish. It just encapsulates how far Arnaud Mortet has come as a winemaker -- a brilliant wine. (NM)  (12/2015)

91-93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 Here the emphatically cool and reserved nose presents a pretty mix of agreeably fresh red and dark currant, spice and earth-infused aromas. There is a slightly more refined mouth feel to the focused, delineated and intense medium weight flavors where the minerality is even more pronounced, all wrapped in a mildly austere and impressively complex, long and impeccably well-balanced finish. This too is really lovely. (AM)  (1/2016)

91-93 points Vinous

 (50% new oak; these vines average 70 years of age, with some as old as 100): Deep red-ruby. Deep, musky aromas of raspberry, wild blackberry, game and earth. Very rich and creamy in the mouth, with the intense berry fruit showing a chewy, tactile quality thanks to its underpinning of crushed stone. This wonderfully full, generous premier cru finishes with firm but very fine-grained tannins and a sneaky whiplash of flavor. Mortet works this vineyard, as well as part of his Lavaux Saint-Jacques, with a horse, as he can't get a tractor into these vines. But ploughing with a horse "really breaks up the soil," he told me.-Stephen Tanzer writing for Vinous.com  (1/2016)

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Pinot Noir

- One of France's most legendary grapes and the grape that earned Burgundy its reputation. The parent of varietals like Pinot Gris/Grigio and Pinot Blanc, Pinot Noir is blue to violet to indigo in color with relatively thin skins, and it is said to have been cultivated in France for more than 2,000 years. At its best, Pinot Noir creates elegant wines that are filled with primary red fruit aromas and flavors while young, revealing with an array of secondary characteristics like earth, smoke, violet, truffle and game with age. The varietal is also known, perhaps better than any, for its ability to translate terroir, or a sense of place. While the best Pinot Noir still comes from Burgundy, it is being produced with increasing success in cooler climates around the world. In France, it is part of the trifecta of grapes that can go into Champagne, and it is also grown in Alsace, Irancy, Jura, Savoie, Lorraine and Sancerre. Outside of France it is produced under the names Pinot Nero and Blauburgunder in Italy's mountainous regions, as Spätburgunder in Germany and as Blauburgunder in Austria. In the US, Pinot Noir has found suitable growing conditions in the cooler parts of California, including Carneros, the Russian River Valley, the Anderson Valley, the Sonoma Coast, Monterey County, the Santa Lucia Highlands and Santa Barbara County, as well as in Oregon's Willamette Valley. In recent years, New Zealand has demonstrated its ability to interpret this hard-to-grow varietal, with successful bottlings coming from careful and attentive growers in Central Otago, Martinborough and Canterbury. Chile is also an up-and-coming region for Pinot Noir, creating fresh, fruit-forward, early-drinking and affordable Pinots from the coastal Casablanca Valley and the Limari Valley.


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- The province of eastern France, famous for its red wines produced from Pinot Noir and its whites produced from Chardonnay. (Small of amounts of Gamay and Aligoté are still grown, although these have to be labeled differently.) The most famous part of the region is known as the Côte d'Or (the Golden Slope). It is divided into the Côte de Beaune, south of the town of Beaune (famous principally for its whites), and the Côte de Nuits, North of Beaune (home of the most famous reds). In addition, the Côte Chalonnaise and the Mâconnais are important wine growing regions, although historically a clear level (or more) below the Côte d'Or. Also include by some are the regions of Chablis and Auxerrois, farther north. View our bestselling Burgundy.
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Gevrey Chambertin

- For many wine aficionados, Gevrey Chambertin is the northernmost end of the true Côte d'Or. The largest of all of the communes, it has 9 Grands Crus (Chambertin, Chambertin Clos de Bèze, Chapelle Chambertin, Charmes Chambertin, Griotte Chambertin, Latricieres Chambertin, Mazy Chambertin, Mazoyeres Chambertin and Ruchottes Chambertin). The best Premier Cru wines come form the vineyards nestled along a hill to the west of the village. The Grands Crus are planted in compacted limestone, while the soils in the rest of the village vary as to their clay content. If we are to characterize broadly, the wines are powerful, muscular and need time in the bottle to develop.