This highly respected 1er Cru was a little subdued when we tasted from cask, but one could really feel the potential. With hints of damson fruits and good freshness, the youthful tannins show there is lots of ageing potential.
Noticeable wood frames the ripe but cool essence of black cherry, earth and once again plenty of sauvage character. There is fine intensity to the rich and slightly finer medium weight flavors that possess fine complexity on the seamlessly balanced and persistent finish. Drink 2024+
The 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux offers darker fruit than the 2014 Fonteny with blackcurrant and bilberry, wild hedgerow and dried rose petal scents. The palate is medium-bodied with more fleshiness than the Fonteny on the entry, well-judged acidity with a slight muscular finish that will benefit from several years in bottle. Good potential here. Drink 2020-2032
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.