Tasted in Gevrey-Chambertin with Dominique Gallois, 29 April 2021.
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Dominique on 2019:
“I practically made the same volume as in 2018 – but that’s because I also had a low volume in 2018. I didn’t do much of a green harvest in 2019, there’s more acidity in the 19 versus the 2018 but I prefer my 18s. The bottling has all been done since the end of March. It’s a lovely vintage but I still don’t understand why people prefer 19 to 18 – as you can tell, I like my 18s very much. On the negative side, there was 30% less wine made – so it’s 3 years in a row with ever less wine, then 60% less in 2020 and that’s before we talk about this year’s frost…”
I liked Dominique’s 2019s a lot – more than him apparently – but he did indeed make a great set of 2018s too, perhaps better than his 2019s. I still find some wines worth a special search in this selection though…
2019 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
From Fixin, half could actually be labelled Fixin – nearly 60-year-old vines
The nose darkly fruited but with purity too. Very silky, a little saline, direct, fresh and pure – thats a lovely line of concentrated flavour for the label. Drink now though, it might need a bit more cushion in 5 years.
It’s the first year that Dominique has separated these two wines:
2019 Gevrey-Chambertin La Justice
Planted in 99.
This nose is fuller and more textural – a fine invitation from the darker fruit. Fuller, more cushioned and more mouth-filling. Long, with depth of flavour and concentration – delicious wine here, excellent villages…
2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles-Vignes
Still ten or more parcels included here – a large part from En Songes
The nose here is more timid. Wider, very fresh, more silk to this texture, vibrant and a little saline. That’s a great ride – another excellent villages…
2019 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru
The rarissimo Petits Cazetiers and Goulots – blended as such a low volume vintage
That’s a fine nose, inky deep. Super silky wine, quite direct, with the freshness of mouth-watering, almost juicy, flavour. Really offering a super finishing intensity – very long. What a great finish…
About 0.5 hectares, planted in 1954. Never a high yielding plot – a good year is 8 barrels. This neighbours the last wine but with much bigger ‘plates’ of rock.
Here is a super freshness of aroma – more perfumed too. I like the extra structure here, vibrantly continuing its flavour, almost without pause, into the finish. Thats a really super wine – bravo.
More than 100-year-old vines – planted in 1910.
Plenty of colour. Such a great nose too – this more mineral, spiced, fresh and exciting than many Charmes, slowly adding a floral dimension too. Intense, mineral, mobile concentrated, never heavy. Often one of my top Charmes – definitely so in 2019! Great wine.