Tasted in Gevrey-Chambertin with Jérôme Galeyrand, 28 November 2018.
Domaine Jérôme Galeyrand
2 Route Nationale 74
Tel: +33 3 80 34 39 69
Jérôme on 2018:
“The 2018 vintage was good up to flowering but at that point there was some mildew pressure during flowering time. But then came the warm and dry weather – because of that I think we have volume without excess – Looking at the wines, I don’t see them as from a very hot vintage. From their aromas though appear more like from 2015 than 2003. I’d planned to start harvesting on Monday 10th September, but in the end started on Saturday the 8th – still with a good team – and we finished on the 12th. It was the 12th when we started in 2017 – so certainly not a very early vintage.”
Jérôme on 2017:
“The vinifications have been practically without sulfur – I’m not natural but I want the best I can have and if the grapes are perfect then I don’t really need the sulfur. Of course I use a proper dose of sulfur at bottling. I’m organic in the vines since 2015 following the elements of biodynamics – but always looking for the very best plant material and that’s the main project of the domaine in the vines, slowly replacing less good vines with the best that I can source. A plot of Champs Perdrix (Vosne) was bought in 2008, but not with a nice selection of pinot. Everything was taken out, and I cut down a little section of woodland and replanted in 2016 – 0.33 ha. ”
Simply great wines in 2017 – well done Jérôme!
All wines would start bottling the day after I visited – except Croisette – which will have a few more months. Jérôme is making about 30k bottles each year. There is also some purchased grapes for a Bourgogne Aligoté and a Bourgogne Pinot Noir, the rest is all domaine.
2017 Côte de Nuits Villages Vieilles Vignes
From Brochon – only lightly 20% wc
Wide, dark fruited, very nice complexity and precision. Round, hmm, lovely depth of flavour here.
‘Combe du Pre, a cold place, always last harvested’ – at least a week later than gevrey…
The nose a little less ready, but slowly improving in the glass. Full, rounder, adding a wide, and delicious dark fruit – juicy finishing – a wine that just keeps getting better and better in the glass as a faint reduction fades…
Planted in the 1960s with a fine selection of pinot.
More spiced nose, adding more floral complexity – ooh this is a beauty. Rounder, a little extra depth of texture, some floral accents to the fruit on the palate too. A touch of oak in the vanishing notes – lovely wine, so lovely. Bravo!
Old 1960s vines.
A big bouquet of flowers on this nose – it’s a beauty. Line, melting intense, pure fruit. Really a beautiful line of finishing fruit. Beautiful, beautiful wine.
2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Billard
More weight of aroma, more concentrated, but slowly a nose that relaxes becoming more and more elegant. Lots more energy on the palate than the nose – concentrated like the nose but more vibrant. Still a wine of concentration but freshness and quite generous too – slightly saline. Super wine…
Name of climat in Comblanchien. 2014 was the first vintage for this wine – with an individual label. ‘Pinot from another time, the owner is in his 80s but it was his father that planted these vines, the first planting here post phylloxera.’ South of the Clos de Marechale.
Ooh – that’s great. Perfectly perfumed whole cluster and fruit in ensemble. Lithe, fresh, not a massive volume in the mouth but alive, mobile and complex, and long-lasting. Without the extra that grand cru can bring – this is as good and moreish as pinot can get! Bravo!
Later in elevage – wont bottle until Easter.
Another nose that grows and becomes purer and more interesting in the glass. Just a little more impact, growing an extra touch of tannin, layers of flavour. Less ready for sure. Super extra complexity in the finish. Delicious and still very much a baby.
2017 Bourgogne Aligoté
A depth of aroma here, slowly widening – faintly saline. Supple, very nicely textured and slightly floral too, faintly aniseed in the finish. Holds very well. Lovely, easy drinking.
2017 Bourgogne Chardonnay
A tighter nose, slowly growing, fresh and vibrant. Supple again, more depth to the concentration, lovely intensity, and then very wide, almost touched by tannin.