One of the most sought after 1ers Crus in the village, this has scented aromas of Valrhona chocolate. A layered wine, with masses of intensity, tight knit tannins, a fine line of acidity and great drive of summer pudding flavours on the finish. Very high class.
An overtly sauvage nose consists of a variety of dark berries, freshly turned earth along with that humus/forest floor character that clearly says “Gevrey”. There is ample punch and minerality to the tautly muscular big-bodied flavors that brim with mouth coating dry extract that also serves to buffer the moderately firm finish. Curiously this is less robust than the Millerandes and I can’t remember the last time I saw that chez Serafin. Still, this is the more complete wine if only just. Drink 2026+
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 was 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.