10 rue du Puits de Tet
21160 Marsannay la Côte
Tel: +33 3 80 52 14 46
Alain has 8.5 hectares and is based in Marsannay.
A bright and wide red-fruited nose. Energy, nice fruit – fine in the mouth with a lovely structure. Very tasty wine with a super finish. A great start.
2015 Marsannay Charmes aux Prêtres
A little more focus of tight red cherry here. Wide on the palate again, a little more complexity and a little more tannin too. A more open and airy wine with fine red-fruited intensity.
2015 Fixin Les Chenevrières
Les Chenevières is the lieu dit
Nice width again with a pretty floral aspect. Again super width on the palate with both freshness and energy – a little extra tannin again, but excellent – this is a nice address.
12 rue du Chambertin
Tel: +33 36 62 12 99 26
A 6.5 hectare domaine in Gevrey, that was called Francois Trapet-Lochandet. Laurent is taking on the domaine now and has changed the name slightly to try to avoid confusion with ‘François Trapet.’ Sales are mainly in France, but exports are growing. They currently make up to 20,000 bottles.
Mainly from bottom of Gevrey – about 5 lieu dits blended.
High-toned and little floral. Wide, less sweet after the last, a little grain from the tannin. A pretty finishing note though.
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Carougeot
A deep nose, fruit that’s a little stewed but still with some vibrancy. Hmm, this is sweeter and rounder – more attractive – not special but very drinkable.
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Champs Chenys
Just a little reduction. More structural, with nice shape, the flavours all a little reductive today though. Pleasantly sweet finishing
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Petite Chapelle
More interesting high-toned fruit and flowers for this nose. Nice texture and complexity this is tasty wine of complexity and a lovely structural shape. Lovely.
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Bel-Air
A deeper, nose, a little pushed but slowly offering some pretty flowers too. More direct, less sweet, but only a little. Mouth-watering in the finish. Quite good.
Lots of high-toned floral complexity. Even more floral in the mouth. Not the impact you’d expect of a grand cru but a beautiful, complex wine nonetheless. Fine.
Domaine Philippe Rossignol
61 Avenue de la Gare
Tel: +33 3 80 51 81 17
This, a 7 hectare domine based in Gevrey-Chambertin. Philippe Rossignol is the brother-in-law to Joseph Roty. This is an interesting address.
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles-Vignes
Vines between Brochon and Gevrey just below Champeaux
Bright, fresh faintly spiced. Hmm, quite a lot of oak on the palate, plenty of vanilla but with good shape and concentration though.
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles Vieilles-Vignes
A more concentrated nose, adding florals. More volume and energy, more tannin too – less oak – very good.
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Corbeaux Vieilles-Vignes
A good dept of aroma with some freshness too. Also fresh in the mouth, with more tannin and structure. The finish is easily the best part, here it’s delicious.
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Les Estournelles St.Jacques Vieilles-Vignes
2 year elevage 33% new oak. Only bottled in July.
High tones over a deeper, redder base. Lots of structure, a little tannin with some green herb but the direct fruit is fine and red. Long finishing.
1 rue des Charmots
Tel: +33 6 87 03 05 19
Actually a domaine in Pommard. 2016 is the third vintage. Xavier Horiot’s grandfather died in 2000, during 2011-2014 the grapes were sold while renovating the cuverie. ‘It was a fight to stop the domaine from being sold – Xavier was a fighter pilot and not supposed to make wine, but his grandfather wanted him to save the domain – it took ten years in court. Only 4 hectares of 11.5 remain – an aunt sold all she could, but Xavier saved the 2 Grand Crus and Rugiens, Clos Blanc and Chaponnières premier crus. There’s also Pommard les Perrières villages. As for the wines, Xavier notes that he started with destemming. Then layering with whole-clusters and destemmed fruit. Now he full destems again, but with ‘less damage’ to the berries.
A deep and concentrated nose. Wide, concentrated, lots of depth to the flavour. Quite good length – it goes long but very subtly.
“Next to Lalou, she puts white stuff, brown stuff, who knows what on my vines, but they tell me it’s all okay – actually I like to watch them as it helps me with my timing too!”
Hmm, bright. Lots of width. Not massive like the Latricières, rather airy, open and very complex. I like.
Tel: +33 6 59 22 51 42
I first met Nicolas during last years Syndicat de Gevrey-Chambertin, 2016 tasting. Since then I’ve very much enjoyed a couple of his wines at home. The domaine is in Brochon and is only 1 hectare of ‘naturally worked’ vines – for now – I don’t know how he lives – but the wines are super.
2015 Bourgogne Aligoté
Was frosted in 16, but the 2017 was elevaged in an acacia barrel
Deep and aromatic, almost minty. In the mouth, lots of volume, an accent of salinity and really a lovely finish. Super.
A nicely fresh and open nose. All destemmed. Big in the mouth, direct, good freshness of flavour and attack for a 2015 – lots of melting flavour. A great finish. Excellent!
Domaine du Clos St.Louis
4 rue des Rosiers
Tel: +33 3 80 52 45 51
A family domaine into the 5th generation – 17 hectares from Marsannay to Gevrey-Chambertin. A domaine I need to visit – I almost invariably like the wines from here.
2016 Marsannay Sampagny
Faintly saline nose. Bright, wide, red-fruited freshness. Long, finishing with lots of flavour. Yum!
2016 Fixin Clos Entre Deux Velles – Monopole
Nice and fresh, if not with much width of aroma. Lots of structure, melting flavour in the middle though – lovely flavour. Yum again!
2016 Fixin l’Olivier
A little more tannin again, really more forward than the last with fresh, mouth-watering fruit flavour. Wait a little… the last flavours are again fine.
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Etelois
A pretty nose, more fruited. Bright plenty of intensity, fresh style and again with some structure. Like the last, structured but delicious finishing.
Maison Lou Dumont
32 Rue Mal de Lattre de Tassigny
Tel: +33 3 80 51 82 82
Maison Lou Dumont is the creation of husband (Japanese) and wife (Korean) team, Koji Nakada and Jae Hwa Park. The story began in 2000 and they moved to their address in Gevrey-Chambertin in 2003. It’s wide range of wines that they make, and almost all is exported from France. Here are four of them:
A deep and attractive nose – lots of material here. Concentrated wine but still balanced and with a good texture. Yum – excellent!
2015 Marsannay En Combereau
A little more high-toned – approaching too much. More direct, energetic and fresh. Lots of freshness and length, lovely, but I prefer the Fixin
A mix of Platière and Crais
A hint of reduction on this nose. Open and structured, quite an airy impression with some intensity of flavour. A super finish.
2015 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Bio’
Corvées and Justice, also with less sulfur.
Plenty of aromatic dimension here. More direct, similarly open, good texture and a super clarity and focus. Super! Excellent wines.
48 rue de l’Eglise
Tel: +33 3 80 51 82 77
An 8.5 hectare domaine, that whilst being into its fifth generation, went through a period of mainly selling to negociants. They have about 15 cuvées. Pierre Duroché joined his father Gilles in 2005 and I first tasted the some 2010s which were presented to the Roi Chambertin tasting – Pierre has been present at that tasting each year since that vintage. I’m looking forward to (eventually!) pay him a visit.
A mix of many parcels.
Very floral and open nose. Wide, complex, lovely energy – easy – excellent wine!
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Lavaux St.Jacques
From an impressive 5 parcels in Lavaux
Again lots of freshness. Wide, complex, almost grained but no astringence – simply delicious finishing. Today I actually prefer the Gevrey, but this is still a lovely thing.
The aromatic depth is more hinted at, but there’s a very fine, almost silky width of aroma. Direct, melting, this has a lovely shape, not a bit overblown, this is a fabulous wine. Yes!
23 Rue Moreau
Tel: +33 3 80 51 49 76
Pierre and (uncle) Martin Bart run this 22 hectare domaine. A friend imports the wines into Switzerland and for a long time, I found the young wines a little too oaky – mainly the aromas – but not with some bottle-age. Even the young wines seem to have lost that now, so eventually I must visit – it^’s a very good source!
Usually made from 6+ parcels.
Nice fresh fruit. Depth, fresh fruit, sucrosity too. Simply a delicious wine.
2016 Marsannay Les Longeroies
More width of aroma, with pretty fresh fruit, if less depth than the previous wine. Extra concentration but direct and fresh at the same time. Nice energy on the finish – more structural, but yum!
2016 Fixin 1er Les Hervelets
Not very wide but this is still a really attractive nose of high tones and depth. Lovely structured wine but no grain from the tannin – fresh flavoured – excellent. Lovely wine with a great finish.
Domaine Pierre Naigeon
1, route de Saint Philibert
21220 Gevrey Chambertin
Tel: +33 3 80 33 46 03
Okay, Pierre is no new boy to these pages, but he anyway slipped into my list with some off-the-wall vintages:
A nose that’s round, with a little softness at the edge – but very attractive. Also round in the mouth. Always changing, always giving. Super.
2011 Nuits St.Georges
Really bright aroma, almost pyrazine, if more floral-inflected today. Good volume in the mouth, still a little tannin – Vosne side vines – but a nice shape with good finishing flavour.
Deep, complex, sous bois, quite perfumed wine. Big in the mouth, lots of action, really lots of complexity. A little prickle of gas(?!) but really delicious and long. A very fine 2004!
Fresh, meaty, the aroma growing to a spicy freshness. Massive on the mouth, really far too young, the tannin slowly rising. Good but there are dozens more wines here for pleasure today – this is a wine for patience.
Domaine Jean Louis Trapet
53 Route de Beaune
Tel: +33 3 80 34 30 40
Of-course a well-known domaine to readers – but no reason to pass up a Saturday ‘open-day’ to taste their 2016s! The wines are mainly still in tank or barrels, though the first were bottled at the end of February.
2016 Bourgogne Blanc
This from Grasses Têtes – 0.90 hectares, 2 parcels
Fresh, faintly sulfured perhaps. Lots of fresh width, good texture and good length too. Slowly lingering on a slightly more sugared fruit.
From 0.60 hectares and 3 parcels – half gamay half pinot.
A fine and absolutely vibrant nose. Fresh in the mouth again, alive wine, delicious wine. Fabulous! Long, floral accents too. Bravo.
On the Brochon side – 0.4 hectares
A forward rose perfume. An extra width in the palate, depth of flavour too. Absolutely delicious. Bravo again…
Less overtly rose perfumed, though still a little – adding a hint of minerality too. More high-toned fruit in the middle, a little more structure and good finishing energy.
5.5 hectares of vines accounted for in this cuvée
Ooh a deep nose. Fresh more direct than the Marsannay, slow-moving waves of finishing flavour, long, long, long – super wine.
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Ostria’ Vieilles-Vignes
2.5 hectares, 4 parcels, the oldest vines planted in 1913
A little extra rose perfume. Wide, plenty of depth, a little extra tannin. Long, long, again. Excellent!
Five 1ers assembled as there were such low yields in 2016.
Ooh that’s a fabulous nose, complex perfumed, deep – a beauty. Nice line, perfect freshness, depth, slightly fumé, long. Great wine.
A deep, deep nose. Volume, depth of flavour, round and textured. Excellent.
Similar depth of aroma with extra high tones. Wider, a little more open structure, long, more to wait for than the Chapelle!
Deep colour. This is a big but also concentrated nose, very slowly offering some floral accents – only slowly escaping from the glass. Round more like the Chapelle, but more melting complexity. Mineral too in the finish. Excellent
And mopping up a few more from the Côte de Nuits:
Domaine Francois Feuillet
12 rue du Lavoir
Tel: +33 3 80 61 41 16
A 13 hectare domaine in the Hautes Côtes, where the labels are probably interchangeable with those of David Duband.
2016 Morey St.Denis
A bright fresh pinot nose – very inviting. Direct, a little structured, but plenty of flavour here too – I really like the fresh fruit/structure combination. Lovely wine.
2016 Morey St.Denis 1er cru Clos Sorbe
Again a slightly tight nose but hinting at deeper fruit. A little more padding to the fruit on the palate, with lots of flabour dimension and good, complexity – super wine, super length…
2016 Chambolle-Musigny 1er Les Sentiers
Much more high toned aromatics. In the mouth more structural – lots of complexity – here a little oak too. Actually I prefer the Sorbe today, but there’s more to wait for here.
2016 Echezeaux Rouges du Bas
Freshness and complexity. A hint of reduction, wide, depth of texture and concentrated flavour. An impressive wine – wait 10 years, but this is excellent and it will be worth the wait!
Domaine Robert Gibourg
3 Route nationale
21220 Morey St.Denis
Tel: +33 3 80 52 15 03
Sébastien Bidault, son-in-law of Robert Gibourg, has been in charge of this domain since 1999. This 7 hectare domaine was originally formed in 1965. There are also vines from around Ladoix – including Corton – that are in metayage from the family of Robert Gibourg’s wife, Marie Therese.
A nice freshness of aroma with a hint of salinity. Hmm – wide, fresh, complex, hmm this is a super wine. Love!
2016 Morey St.Denis Clos de la Bidaude
Above/behind the top of the Clos de Lambrays. Bought and planted in 1993, only 25 cm of soil before the rock. 50% whole clusters.
Perfumed nose. Wide, more airy, but volume and interest here with a modest sweetness and lots of interest. Good!
Domaine Daniel Rion & Fils
Route Nationale 74
Tel: +33 3 80 62 31 28
The domaine was created in 1955 with just two hectares of vines in Vosne-Romanée, today they exploit 18 hectares between Nuits and Vosne, including 2 grand crus – Echézeaux and Clos de Vougeot.
2016 Nuits St.Georges Les Lavières
A little reduction here. Wide, reductive on the palate too though. Plenty of flavour but hard to judge.
2016 Nuits St.Georges 1er Vignes Rondes
60-70 year old vines producing small grapes
A little high toned freshness here. Mouth-filling, fine textured, a hint of reduction here too, but it is clearly a full-flavoured and very tasty wine!
A mix of parcels
A wider, sweeter freshness of aroma. Good depth of flavour here, an open wine and a tasty wine. Really a great finish.
2016 Vosne-Romanée 1er les Chaumes
A tighter nose but complex and high-toned. Round with more depth of finer concentration. This is really a lovely, open and meltingly flavoured wine. Super finishing too.
2016 Clos de Vougeot Les Petits Maupertuis
A pretty high-toned complexity. Layered, modestly but finely structured. Deep into the finish the flavours linger so well – here there’s a little oak, but it will fade. Excellent and without austerity…
Domaine Julien Gros
2 Rue du Moulin de Prissey
Tel: +33 6 10 84 84 13
Julien has 2 hectares of vines in the domaine plus another 12 from family.
2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune Clos du Villages Blanc
A 0.90 hectare clos 2/3rds planted to white.
A hint of reduction. Wide, intense, great texture, intense. Long finishing. I like
Vines sited behind Latour’s cuverie
A deep nose, also suggesting reduction. A bigger volume in the mouth, more mouth watering and more power, really lovely finishing. Long.
2016 Savigny-lès-Beaune Clos du Villages
All destemmed. Ooh a big forward, super nose. Fresh, mouth watering slightly herbed, but very tasty mouth-watering flavour. Lovely length.
2016 Corton Clos du Roi
A much more open nose again, this time with a vibrant depth. Bigger, but still fresh, lots of complexity, long and delicious finishing once more.
2016 Corton Clos du Roi Vieilles-Vignes
A wide nose but less overall aromatic volume than the last, pretty and precise red fruit though. More mineral, more intense, still very fresh and direct. To wait for. Pretty finishing flavour but to wait for!
9 Rue de la Grand Velle
Tel: +33 3 80 61 24 66
Domaine Jean-Yves Bizot has its genesis in the vines bought by his (doctor) grandfather. At that time the domaine was almost eight hectares, but was split between the next generation; parts going to Domaine Coudray-Bizot in Beaune and Domaine Naddef in Fixin. Two and a half hectares remained but went into a fermage agreement between 1971 and 1995. Jean-Yves officially taking the vines back in 1995.
A big nose with a little reduction and plenty of whole clusters. Fresh and mouth-filling. Layerers of finishing flavour – it starts narrow over the palate, becoming better and better – a good finish too. A wine that demands more time than currently available.
2016 Marsannay Clos du Roy
This nose also delivers a big waft of forward whole-cluster aromas with a hint of reduction too. Bigger, vibrant in the mouth, some growing tannin, saline. Like the last, highly interesting – but not a wine to instantly appreciate in a room full of noisy people!