Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the most prestigious and revered names in Burgundy, often referred to as ‘the king of Burgundy’. The appellation is entirely for red wine specifically my favourite red wine grape: Pinot Noir, and boasts 9 Grand crus, the most of any Cote d’Or communes; it also has 26 Premier crus vineyards. It is known for the longevity and structure of its wines, and has an almost unique ‘gamey’ character in the style and aromas of many of its wines, due to the red clay and marl soils. Gevrey-Chambertin has been described as ‘masculine’ wine – I’m confused by this and would prefer not to ascribe gender to wines!
One of the greatest issues with Gevrey-Chambertin is the inconsistency of its wines; it produces over 2 million bottles of wine, from just over 1000 acres of vines. The best are world class; but there are many producers and negociants, who are more intent on marketing the name of the region, and therefore drive for higher yields in the vineyards, from the growers, and therefore, in simple terms, a lowering of quality.
Tasting notes: Dark ruby colour. Intense aromas of dark berries (blueberry), hints of chocolate. Deep, complex and well-balanced with distinct character. Tight texture and gentle tannins. Lingering finish with a touch of minerality.
Wine Colour – Red
Price – £27
Current Vintage – 2013
Producer – Chanson Pere et Fils
Grape – 100% Pinot Noir
Region/Country – Burgundy, France
Points – 91
Food pairings: We had this with beef. It was excellent.