From 60-70 year old vines just above the village, this balances the characteristic sweet dark berry fruit flavours with a fine tension of tannic structure. With very good length this will age to produce a wine of real poise.
A more subtle application of wood easily allows the more elegant and less obviously earthy aromas of various cool dark berry fruit scents to shine. There is good vibrancy to the delicious and delineated middle weight flavors that possess a relatively tender mouth feel, all wrapped in a youthfully austere finish that appears to be slightly riper and certainly more persistent. Drink 2021+
The 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Crepiots has an elegant bouquet with lifted wild strawberry and raspberry fruit, touches of iodine developing with time. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, vivacious red berry fruit interlaced with black pepper and a touch of orange rind. I like the energy here, the balance and the persistence on the finish. Very fine. Drink 2017-2027
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.