2016 Domaine Duroche Gevrey Chambertin (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1347198 89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A more elegant if otherwise similar array is present on the expressive nose with the exception that here there is a bit more earth character. The sleek, round and enticing medium-bodied flavors possess unusually good complexity for a villages level wine while the lingering finish displaying only a touch of rusticity.  (1/2018)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Village is a blend of a parcel from the north of the village of Gevrey, a parcel in Aux Etelois that is not selected for that cuvée, and fruit from Pressonnnier. It felt open on the nose with raspberry preserve and crushed strawberry scents. The palate is nicely balanced, bright and pretty in the mouth with a keen line of acidity, then battening down the hatches toward the tightly coiled finish that will open by the time of bottling. There is good potential here, but it will require a couple of years in bottle. (NM)  (12/2017)

Decanter

 A pure, fruit-driven bouquet of creamy cherry and raspberry is the prelude to a nicely concentrated, medium-full wine with a fine chassis of tannin and a lovely acid line that is certainly vibrant but already nicely integrated into its deep core of fruit.Drinking Window 2018 - 2028. (WK)  (10/2017)

K&L Notes

90pts Jasper Morris(MW): "A mixture of vineyards from the northern side, untouched by the frost, and those from lower down which were affected. Fresh glowing purple. Lovely ripe fruit, damson notes, yet also a firm fresh finish. Very juicy yet also some tannins at the back." (01/2018)

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Varietal:

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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France

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Sub-Region:

Burgundy

- 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.
Specific Appellation:

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.