2015 Sérafin Père et Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes

SKU #1323801 90-92 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 Matured in 100% new oak, the 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes has clean and pure blackberry and Bakewell tart aromas on the nose that gradually unfold. The palate is medium-bodied with crisp tannin, mineral-driven with fine tension and a keen line of acidity on the structured finish that just needs to manifest more persistence on the aftertaste. Otherwise, this is very fine. (NM)  (4/2017)

90-92 points Vinous

 Bright ruby-red. Tighter and higher-pitched on the nose than the basic village offering, displaying aromas of boysenberry, licorice and violet. A compellingly sweet, bright village wine with the intensity of a premier cru. This impeccably balanced wine finishes with suave tannins and excellent length and lift. The crop level here was a moderate 35 hectoliters per hectare, according to winemaker Frédérique Bachotet. (ST)  (1/2017)

90 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 (55+ year old vines located in Au Vellé, En Champs, Les Marchais, Vignes Belle and Etelois). This is both aromatically fresh and expressive with its attractively layered mix of red and dark berries that is liberally laced with notes of earth, humus and underbrush plus a hint of wood spice. The lush and velvety yet quite muscular medium weight flavors possess slightly better mid-palate concentration along with firm supporting tannins on the lingering and reasonably well-balanced finale where hints of warmth and wood surface. Overall though this is an excellent effort will need at least a few years of bottle age to unwind before it will drink well. 2023+  (1/2018)

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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.