The 2009 Gevrey Chambertin delivers delicious earthy aromas of cinnamon, vanilla and juicy black and red fruits. Tannins surface gently and are further enveloped with its impressive precision and freshness. Finishes vibrant and clean. Year in and year out, this tends to be the best value Gevrey Village we sell.
This is also very fresh with pretty red pinot fruit that is liberally laced with pungent Gevrey-style earth that complements the detailed and tension-filled medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a clean and dry finish in the best senses of those terms. There is also a touch of youthful austerity but the ripeness of the tannins suggests that it will not last indefinitely.
Tasted out of barrel at the Domaine. This has more fruité on the nose with ripe raspberry and fresh strawberry with hints of limestone. Good definition. The palate is fresh and tensile on the entry, quite linear and perhaps needing to flesh out a little on the finish. Fine.
Rich, appealing raspberry candy on the nose. Then a little pinched on the palate. Still reserved.
This substantial Gevrey Chambertin domaine is under the guardianship of a collaborative family team: Philippe Drouhin is ably assisted by son and daughter Nicolas and Caroline. First established in 1850, the domaine has major holdings in Gevrey Chambertin, as well as an impressive array of the Côte de Nuits’s grands crus, stretching from Gevrey down through Chambolle Musginy and into Vougeot. Recent investment at the domaine’s barrel hall will continue to drive quality at Drouhin Laroze. Their style falls somewhere between a modernist and a traditionalist. The wines are ripe, concentrated, and often earthy and textured. They offer terrific value, particularly in Clos de Vougeot Grand Cru.
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.