The name Cazetiers derives from the Latin meaning fortified place and this is one of Gevrey’s most esteemed premiers crus. Brilliant vibrant brick red colour. It was initially a little closed, but with time opened out to show complex layers. The perfect marriage between fruit, alcohol, tannins and freshness. High class.
This is slightly riper as the nose reflects notes of cassis, dark currant, earth, the sauvage and discreet though again not invisible wood. There is even better richness and much more minerality to the broad-shouldered and robust flavors that terminate in a rustic, muscular and youthfully austere finish. Like the old vines Gevrey, this is decidedly old school in style and not surprisingly, is going to need plenty of cellar time. Drink 2032+
The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers 1er Cru comes from vines that lie within the Sérafin maison. Their holdings has expanded as they bought some land within the Premier Cru that they have now planted with vine, though at the moment it is blended into the Gevrey Vieilles Vignes. It has a pleasant floral bouquet that feels quite pure and intense, hints of oyster shells suffusing the black and blue fruit. The palate is medium-bodied with supple tannin, a fine bead of acidity, good grip with quite a tannic, slightly austere note that should flesh out with age. 2024 - 2036
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.