Les Grands Jours de Bourgogne: Focus on the Cote de Nuits Part 1, Gevrey-Chambertin

Day 2 at Les Grands Jours provided an opportunity to assess the wines from the Cote-d’Or’s northern half. This is the territory famous for Pinot Noir.

Gevrey-Chambertin has long been known for its muscular Pinot Noir. Such Pinot is a natural when you’re moving up the meatiness scale at dinner. The key to delighting consumers is taming the tannins, so they are present to give structure and longevity, but not glaring at you in an astringent way, which only dries the mouth without satisfaction.

Following are some of the producers who hit this ideal balance and the wines that did the trick.

Domaine Arlaud Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes 2006
The sweetness of the fruit comes through in the nose and is met by a structured palate that is delicious.

Domaine Arlaud Gevrey-Chambertin Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru 2006
This is the bigger brother to the Combottes above, with a complete palate of flavor and no shortage of fruit.

Domaine Charlopin-Parizot Gevrey-Chambertin Vielles Vignes 2005
This is a Gevrey for oak lovers with a toasty nose and a supple palate that tastes of oak.

Domaine Bouchard Pere et Fils Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru 2006
Too often we pass by the larger producers as we seek out the artisanal winemakers. Yet you wouldn’t want to miss this outstanding wine that sports the oak seen in the Charlopin-Parizot and adds greater concentration of flavor to match.

About Ray

Ray Johnson is the Executive Director of the Wine Business Institute at Sonoma State University. He writes about food and wine, his travels and the business of wine. He makes his home in Sonoma County, California.
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