For a vineyard that feels the cold, Evocelles remarkably escaped the 2016 frost. Full of bright red cherry fruits, this has a delicious Pinot purity. With a brightness in the mid-palate and rewarding crystalline fruit characters on the finish, this is an excellent example of this fine lieu dit.
Like the straight Gevrey, this is firmly reduced today. The mouthfeel of the middle weight flavors is more refined still if a bit less concentrated and while this there is an excellent sense of energy, there isn't quite the same level of complexity on the solidly persistent finish. Lovely stuff and very Evocelles in character. Outstanding. Drink: 2023+
The 2016 Gevrey Chambertin les Evocelles is matured in 25% new oak having not been touched by the frost. The nose was showing some reduction. The palate is quite bold by comparison with blackberry, marmalade and touches of orange rind. The tannins here feel quite rigid with quite a masculine, saline finish, so I would like to see more flesh evolve during its maturation. Drink 2020-2035
Good, solid depth of fruit and real roundness. These wines taste like he looks: honest, rosy cheeked. Drink 2025-2040
The stony soils of Les Evocelles have produced a more high-toned, brighter wine than the straight village Gevrey, with a bouquet of sappy, spicy red and black fruit, coniferous forest and a subtle framing of new oak. On the palate the wine is cool, taut and incisive, with a fine chassis of chalky tannins and a deep core of fruit. Drink 2025-2038
Bright ruby-red. The first one of these 2016s that was obviously reduced, offering aromas of licorice, smoked meat, dark chocolate, spicecake and espresso. Concentrated, supple and sweet, combining dark fruit flavors, sexy soil tones and salty minerality. Boasts excellent inner-mouth tension to go with its size. A bit reduced throughout but cleanly made and vibrant on the back end.
Louis is the seventh generation of vignerons in Burgundy from a family who is mostly known for their Côte de Beaune wines such as Pommard and Volnay however, several Côte de Nuits appellations including Gevrey Chambertin were added to the repertoire in 1978. Many of these are parcels of extremely old vines, and the wines have a natural concentration and silky persistence. Today Louis vinifies and ages his wines in Chambolle Musigny in the same cellar as his other half, Ghislaine Barthod. In fact, it has been said that his influences have helped create the celestial beauties that have risen from her vineyards. Both are ably assisted by their son, Clément. He has been instrumental in Louis Boillot’s recent purchase of vineyards in Beaujolais, Moulin à Vent, where these skilled Burgundians bring their expertise to the Gamay grape.
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.