2000 Domaine Tortochot Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru

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Fourth generation vintner Chantal Tortochet took over for her retired father Gabriel in 1996 (Domaine Tortochot dates back to the end of the 19th century). It has been under her leadership that the Domaine has updated the vineyards and restored the winery, as well as pursued conversion of the vineyards to organic viticulture.

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By: James Bradshaw | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 8/2/2019 | Send Email
It is always a treat to taste aged Burgundy, and this 2000 did not disappoint. There's no mistaking this is a Charmes, as it is bold, structured, and with impressive range. Flavors of wild berries dominate and are beautifully accented by subtle notes of fresh herb, black peppercorn, porcini mushroom, and underbrush. There still enough acid and tannin to give a youthful delivery. A joy to drink now, it'll be interesting to see where it goes over the next five or so years.

By: Ryan Moses | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2019 | Send Email
Of the trio we tasted ('00, '98, '97) this has the most terroir-driven, Burgundian profile of the lot. Fresh, concentrated red berry fruits lead to a textured and balanced Grand Cru with solid structure and a bit more grippy tannins. Engaging right now, it will be one to follow over the next decade.

By: Alex Pross | K&L Staff Member | Review Date: 7/31/2019 | Send Email
Power and elegance are the two terms that immediately spring to mind when smelling the 2000 Tortochot. Loaded with spice, pepper and red cherry aromas this layered and complex grand cru slowly unfurls in the glass to reveal a multi-faceted red that is just beginning to strut its stuff. A great wine in the making this wine feels much younger than it really is.
Drink from 2019 to 2039

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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.