2016 Domaine Duroche Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru (Pre-Arrival)

SKU #1347188 96 points Decanter

 Duroché’s vines in the Clos de Bèze, planted in 1920, have produced the king of the cellar in 2016, revealing a superb and already expressive bouquet of red and black cherry, sweet soil, wood smoke and meaty, umami-like bass notes. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied and intensely concentrated, with excellent amplitude and dimension, its velvety tannins cloaked in rich, cool fruit and its finish long and lingering. As the most precociously-ripening of Gevrey’s grand crus, the Clos de Bèze was perfectly adapted to the cool 2016 vintage.Drinking Window 2026 - 2045. (WK)  (10/2017)

94-96 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

 The 2016 Chambertin Clos de Bèze Grand Cru has a gorgeous, effervescent bouquet that manages to convey the pedigree and the “aristocratic” nature of the vineyard. The fruit here is a little darker than the Latricières, with scents of pressed flowers developing in the glass. The palate is tightly wound on the entry, more linear than I expected but with great tension toward the finish. This is a long-term proposition, and it will benefit from five or six years in bottle, but the precision and detail here is really top class. (NM)  (12/2017)

92-95 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

 This is also moderately marked by its wood though the fresh nose is much, much spicier with lovely aromas of mostly wild red berries and a whiff of sandalwood. The large-scaled flavors are concentrated to the point of being juicy and the intensity is most impressive as it does a slow build from the mid-palate before exploding on the superbly complex and well-balanced finale. This is definitely built-to-age and will need it.  (1/2018)

K&L Notes

95-97pts Jasper Morris(MW): "Spared from the frost. 4 barrels. Gorgeous glowing red fruit, the nose is absolutely regal with some finely judged oak supporting a wealth of fruit, more red than black, his wine of the vintage as it suits the character of the year. Elegance clad in velvet, caressing depth of flavour, not too ripe, this is very fine indeed." (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.