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2018 Domaine Dugat-Py Gevrey-Chambertin "Les Evocelles" (Previously $200)

SKU #1513128 91-93 points Robert Parker's Wine Advocate

Outer quote mark The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles is immensely promising this year, unfurling in the glass with complex aromas of wild blueberries, cassis, dark chocolate and coniferous forest floor. On the palate, it's medium to full-bodied, deep and concentrated, with lively acids, rich structuring tannins and a long, penetrating finish. Domaine Dugat-Py owns one hectare of vines in this stony, higher-altitude hillside site, a location that's capable of producing some of Gevrey's finest communal wines, and its potential is fully realized in this cuvée. Loïc Dugat-Py was one of the first to harvest in 2018, beginning on August 29, and he has been rewarded by an exemplary set of wines that numbers among the vintage's very finest. The Dugat-Py 2018 collection, moreover, underlines this domaine's recent evolution. As ever, these are deep and concentrated wines, the product of low yields and old vines, but as has been the case for several years, extraction continues to be gentler. And Loïc has furthermore quietly reduced, once again, the percentage of new oak used here...All of which is to say that, even in the inherently ripe and broad-shouldered 2018 vintage, this is one of the most elegant sets of wines ever to emerge from Domaine Dugat-Py. I encourage readers to put outdated stereotypes of excessive oak and over-extraction to one side and try what is being produced today, as these are bottles that number among the finest that contemporary Burgundy has to offer. (WK) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

91-93 points Vinous

Outer quote mark The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles 1er Cru is one of the lowest-producing vineyards, yielding just 20hl/ha due to the age of the vines and shallow soils. The very pure bouquet features ebullient red cherry and raspberry fruit and fine delineation. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, and quite succulent, with a sorbet-like richness and vibrancy on the finish. This is very well crafted and should age with style. Excellent. (NM) Inner quote mark (1/2020)

89-91 points Allen Meadows - Burghound

Outer quote mark The higher elevation of the vineyard shows as the expressive and airy nose is even fresher with its array of spiced plum, violet, lavender and wild dark berries. The super-sleek, intense and beautifully well-delineated middle weight flavors brim with minerality that adds a touch of vibrancy to the dusty, youthfully austere and bitter cherry-inflected finale. Lovely and understated in style. *Outstanding* Inner quote mark (1/2020)

K&L Notes

90-93pts Jasper Morris Inside Burgundy: "From 6 plots, 60-80 years old. Ancient vines with little topsoil = tiny yields. 50% new wood, under 50% whole bunch vinification. Jet black with purple rim. The nose is just a little touch fresher than the Vosne-Romanée. A little wilder, some sharper red fruit notes mixed in here, but not aggressively unripe. Good length and an attractive balance. I think this will settle down into a fine wine."

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