Harmand Geoffroy Gevrey Chambertin 2016
SPECIAL BUY 6 or more. Superb, classic Geverey-Chambertin.
Gérard Harmand and his son Philippe produce archetypal Gevrey Chambertin from a superb range of terroirs. They have remarkable, old vine holdings in Lavaux St Jacques, Champeaux, Perrière and La Bossiere (Monopole), as well as a healthy slice of the Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin. If you love classic Gevrey with site transparency, lifted aromatics, fresh, crunchy fruit and fine, powdery tannins, then these wines are for you.
Many changes have occurred at this Domaine over the last five years. Only perfect fruit now makes it into the wines and very gentle handling of fruit, must and wine is the order of the day. There is now a strict sorting of bunches in the vineyard and then again via a sorting table, when the grapes arrive in the winery. Tannin and colour extraction now occurs via gentle pump-overs as opposed to punch-downs. This results in far finer tannins. Also, all mechanical pumps have been removed from the winery and now gas pressure and gravity are used to move the must/wine. The wines are also moved as little as possible. With top-drawer fruit and now with more attention to detail in the winery, this Domaine’s star is certainly on the rise. The wines are now much stronger, more intense and are a joy to drink. And while quality has only risen since 2005, prices remain truly modest: testament to the integrity of this Domaine.
Drawn from 10 vineyards, with vines between 25 and 80 years of age, this was raised with only 20% new oak. It’s a wonderfully pure and voluptuous wine with layers of brambly blackberry and anise fruit, but there is also serious depth and characteristic austerity from the tannins. A superb and classic Gevrey-Chambertin that is delicious now, if you feel like something with some old-vine structure, or will comfortably age for a decade (and likely considerably longer!). Notes by Bibendum.
“Here too the nose is presently dominated by a reductive funk. On the plus side there is both good volume and energy to the rounded and supple middle weight flavors that abruptly change character on the powerful, serious and youthfully austere finale. I like the balance and the punch though this will need a few years of bottle age first.” 88-91 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound issue 69
RRP $171 *Our Price $142.50 when you buy 6 or more*
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