Tasted in Gevrey-Chambertin with Dominique Gallois, 29 November 2019.
Domaine Dominique Gallois
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Dominique on 2019:
“I practically made the same volume as in 2018 – but that’s because I had a low volume in 2018 – as my green harvest was rather severe and we had rain in Fixin and Morey, but 3mm amounted to nothing here. I didn’t do much of a green harvest in 2019, there’s more acidity in the 19 but for now, I think I prefer my 18s. There were lots of sunburned grapes in 19, particularly in Combe aux Moines – I don’t normally get that there, so I was disappointed. Actually it was easy in the vines in 19, nothing grew between the vines due to the heat – it’s growing now, in November!”
Dominique on 2018:
“32 hl/ha. Late malos as it’s a cold cellar. I racked in September, back into barrel. April will for bottling except for the Bourgogne – that was done last week. I’ve actually more acidity in my 18s thats why I like them more just now.”
I was very impressed with these wines. Harvested quite early (04 Sept) as the yields were low, so they had ripened quickly. A great cellar this year.
2018 Bourgogne Pinot Noir
Deeply coloured. The first nose could easily be Beaujolais – but a cru, as there’s no bubble-gum here – just deep, dark, ripe but fresh dark-berried fruit. Nicely mouth-filling with a fine texture and depth of flavour – this is cossetting, absolutely delicious wine – though certainly non-standard for a Bourgogne Pinot Noir. Absolutely yum and finishing with a nicer freshness of the fruit than the nose suggests!
11 parcels worth of fruit
Lots of colour. Vibrant nose, the fruit is dark, coulis style. Hmm, thats great on the palate, wide, super texture, halfway between velvet and silk. Complete villages. Bravo! Beau length….
2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Goulots
A lot eaten by badgers unfortunately!
Hmm, again, super, wide vibrant but with more depth. More silk here, wide, melting, good flavour, compact in the middle but concentrated. Concentrated finishing too. – be patient but this is excellent!
A little wider, more floral, still needs to open more below. Direct, sweeping, fresh, thats great 2018! Such a persistent finish too. Bravo!
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.
This is much deeper, a little more of 2018 about this nose, but it’s a cushioned depth of ripe aroma and neither alcoholic nor volatile. Supple but opening more mineral, layers of flavour, I didn’t expect I’d like this as much but I’m actually liking it very much – and it’s so long too. Bravo!
More than 100 year-old vines – planted in 1910.
Quite an elegant if a compact nose today. This is composed, widening, very open, slowly delivering layer after layer of flavour. A wine thats almost shy after the Moines, but has everything. You will have to wait, there’s almost a little reduction in the finishing complexity, but this will be excellent as a minimum – just a nose short of great today…