Tender, feminine and focused, the 2006 Cazetiers offers lovely freshness and purity in a penetrating, complex palate. A very finesse-driven wine that challenges Gevrey's reputation formuscular, powerful styles. Drink 2011 - 2022+.
Serafin is arguably the reference standard for this vineyard and even if he's not, he consistently produces a great wine that often knocks on the door of grand cru quality and the '06 will do nothing but enhance that reputation as the wonderfully complex and broad ranging nose of game, red and blue berry fruit and obvious minerality merges seamlessly into equally deep, rich, powerful and sleekly muscled favors that culminate in a mouth coating and driving finish. A wine of impeccable transparency and balance that will age and improve for at least a decade. Drink: 2016+.Notes: from 40+ year old vines that sit directly behind the cuvérie.Comments: sweet spot outstanding!
The Sérafin family are part of the establishment in Gevrey Chambertin. From when he took over from his father in the 1960 until his recent retirement, if you ever want to get in touch with Christian, you either had to call him as the rooster crowed in the morning or long after the sun had set. The rest of the time, he wass working out in the vines or deep in his cellars. The domaine is now run by cousins Frédérique and Karine who are continuing the family tradition of making bold and structured wines. Their Pinots benefit from a period of bottle age and typically express fine tertiary characteristics. They do not fine or filter their wines, and only rack when necessary. Not shy of new oak, they use up to 50% on their straight Bourgogne and often 100% on the rest of their cuvées depending on the concentration. The wines tend to be ample and fleshy, and the richest ones need some cellaring in order to better integrate the spicy, cedarwood flavours.
The greatest village in terms of notable grand cru vineyards, Gevrey Chambertin has no less than 9 of them including its most famous Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze, and includes a premier cru vineyard that many people deem grand cru in quality - Clos St. Jacques. It encompasses approximately 400 hectares under vine also making it the largest top quality vineyard area in the Côte de Nuits. Gevrey-Chambertin has many followers who seek out its deeply coloured, robust and textured wines. They are often firmer than the neighbouring appellations of Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanée and can take several years to soften once released. Due to its size and reputation, the list of excellent producers is noteworthy and many are worth seeking out.