2015 Maison Joseph Drouhin Gevrey Chambertin (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1312341 90-93 points Wine Spectator

 No Tasting Note Given.  (2/2017)

90 points John Gilman

 The 2015 Gevrey villages this year chez Drouhin is also very refined and pure in personality, with a bit more reserved personality than the Vosne AC, but nearly equal potential. This cuvée includes thirty percent premier cru fruit in its blend and offers up a fine bouquet of black cherries, black plums, chocolate, gamebird and dark soil tones. On the palate the wine is full-bodied, focused and fairly fruit-driven in personality (though with purer fruit than in the more roasted Chambolle AC), with a sappy core, fine-grained tannins and lovely focus and grip on the long and youthful finish. This will want a few years in the cellar to blossom. 2020-2045.  (1/2017)

88-90 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Village, which contains 20-30% premier cru in the final blend, has a pretty red cherry and wild strawberry-scented bouquet that has commendable purity. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy redcurrant and raspberry fruit on the entry, nicely structured with just a touch of sinew on the licorice-tinged finish. There is certainly commendable substance here for a village cru and it will probably age for longer than people will allow it.(NM)  (12/2016)

87-90 points Vinous

 Medium red. High-pitched scents of cranberry, dark cherry and red rose. Juicy, spicy and quite firm, with its slight leanness and notes of bitter chocolate, menthol and herbs suggesting a wide range of ripeness. Is there enough stuffing for the firm, slightly dusty tannins? Finishes with an impression of medicinal reserve. (ST)  (1/2017)

Allen Meadows - Burghound

 A completely different aromatic profile is present here with its pungently earthy and brooding nose of plum, humus, violet and a touch of forest floor. There is once again a lovely sense of energy to the well-detailed and moderately robust finish that culminates in a lingering and youthfully austere finale. This too is good enough to be worthy of your interest.  (4/2017)

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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.


- When it comes to wine, France stands alone. No other country can beat it in terms of quality and diversity. And while many of its Region, Bordeaux, Burgundy and Champagne most obviously, produce wine as rare, as sought-after and nearly as expensive as gold, there are just as many obscurities and values to be had from little known appellations throughout the country. To learn everything there is to know about French wine would take a lifetime. To understand and appreciate French wine, one only has to begin tasting them.


- 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.
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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.