Here is a Gevrey-Chambertin that takes us back in time, as the methods used to produce it are today only practiced by a determined minority of ultra-traditional producers. After meticulous year-round work in the vineyards culminating in harvest by hand, native yeasts convert the must to wine in the cool depths of the Maume cellar. The wines are racked and bottled by gravity, and never fined or filtered to ensure each bottling is saturated with Burgundian heart and soul. Thanks to this hands-off approach in the cellar—not to mention old vines planted in a top terroir—this wine boasts real concentration and finesse.
The premier cru “Lavaux Saint-Jacques” is consistently one of the domaine’s most age-worthy wines. Deeply perfumed with dark red fruit and seductive floral notes, it presents a muscular, chiseled structure on the palate that sinks in and lingers with gravitas. Elegant but showing plenty of grain and grip, the 2011 currently offers only a glimpse as what this majestic wine will ultimately become. It is certain to blossom into a true classic with time, making this Gevrey a must-have for all serious red Burgundy enthusiasts. –Anthony Lynch
|Vineyard:||55 years years, 0.28 ha|
|Aging:||Aged 18-20 months in mostly older barrels, bottled without fining or filtration|
Comtesse de Chérisey France | Burgundy | Puligny-Montrachet
Great winemakers, great terroirs, there is never any hurry. And I no longer buy into this idea of “peak” maturity. Great winemakers, great terroirs, their wines offer different pleasures at different ages.
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