2016 Domaine Frédéric Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin "Clos Prieur"

SKU #1353683 93 points Wine Spectator

 This red starts out with cherry and strawberry fruit, matched to a firm, dense matrix. Stone and spice elements add depth as this tightens up on the chalky finish. This feels austere now, but the lasting impression is of sweet fruit. Best from 2022 through 2037. (BS)  (5/2018)

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Staff Image By: Chantel Carroll | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/9/2018 | Send Email
This wine is fantastic! It has everything I look for in a Gevrey-Chambertin, and more. On the nose I got red cherry, fresh roasted coffee, warm spices and that earthy forest floor essance. On the palate I noticed wet stone, cola, and black fruit. Sandalwood, a hint of smoke and juicy plum lingered on the palate. I would definitely suggest a decant on this beauty.

Staff Image By: Lilia McIntosh | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/6/2018 | Send Email
Wines from Frederic Esmonin never cease to amaze me! This one in particular is a stellar and a steal at such low price. It's incredibly vivid and bright aromatically - dark berries and cherries with smokey and mineral notes bursting from the glass. Fresh and lively on the palate, with beautiful crunchy acidity, black plum and black cherry on the palate. Definitely firm and well structured but also very approachable now with some decanting.

Staff Image By: Gary Norton | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2018 | Send Email
After a thorough decant, this '16 Gevrey opened up quite well by showing notes of kirsch, redcurrants, violets and framboise liqueur. This wine comes across as a hypothetical mash-up of many Burgundies we've tasted from 2014 and 2015. It has the ripeness of 2015 but the focus and energy of 2014 all at once. If you plan to drink this in the near term, give it at least a few hours in a decanter. Otherwise, forget about it in your cellar for two to three years at least. Either way, this wine offers a ton of value for less than $40.

Staff Image By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 4/5/2018 | Send Email
Domaine Frederic Esmonin continues their streak of producing wines that punch way above their price-point with the 2016 Domaine Frederic Esmonin Gevrey Chambertin Clos Prieur. A fantastic example of the quality of the 2016 vintage this wine displays wonderful aromatics with notes of red fruits and spice with a core of red berry and mineral-laced flavors. Great precision and vibrancy this showcases everything there is to love about the 2016 vintage: precision, red fruits, vibrancy and elegance. Enjoy this stunning value and be sure to let it breathe a few hours prior to drinking so it can truly strut its stuff.
Top Value! Drink from 2018 to 2025

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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.