Masses of mocha and Black Forest fruits. A supple wine with an amplitude of dark fruits. There is a feeling of tannic muscle in the central palate, with a balancing lift of both freshness and sweetness on the finish. Fine and concentrated.
Moderately generous wood frames aromas that are similar but even more complex and the better depth continues onto the denser and more powerful medium weight flavors yet the mouthfeel is relatively sleek if not actually refined, all wrapped in a muscular finish that flashes evident minerality. This will need a few years to round out the firm tannins but this should ultimately prove to be an excellent Gevrey villages plus it has an excellent track record for rewarding extended cellaring if that's your preference. Outstanding. Drink: 2023+
Saturated red-ruby. Distinctly dark, oak-influenced aromas of black cherry, bitter chocolate and licorice. Denser, darker and deeper than the basic village Gevrey, with fully ripe dark berry and spice flavors lifted by a mineral component. Today the unabsorbed gas accentuates the wine's serious tannins, but this very concentrated wine (some of these vines are nearly 100 years old) has the density to ensure a graceful evolution in bottle. Leaves behind a high note of violet.
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.