“Here too there is a touch of herbal tea present on the brooding and all but mute nose of plum, freshly turned earth, dark berries and smoked meat. There is excellent power, size, intensity and muscle to the medium weight plus flavors that possess an appealing mouth feel, all wrapped in a robust, serious and mineral-driven finish. This is worth your attention if you admire classically styled Gevrey.” 92 points, Allen Meadows, Burghound, Issue 61
Phillippe Harmand is in charge of this 9 hectare estate based in Gevrey Chambertin. They have 10 plots that make wines that seem more elegant and refined than the classic Gevrey style. The wines have great harmony and look the goods to improve with bottle age. Mazi Chambertin is a seriously impressive wine that needs a lot of time.
Gevrey-Chambertin – Prestigious appellation, known for classy, powerful, structured wines with a mineral and dark fruited edge. Not as supple as Vosne but equally age worthy.
Burgundy – The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
Pinot Noir – This is the most elusive grape. It is relatively early ripening and extremely sensitive to terroir. Its perfect place on earth is the Cote d’Or in Burgundy. So haunting are great red Burgundy’s charms that growers everywhere try to emulate them. Pinot Noir is not just a one trick pony, it can make great reds, rosé, sparkling and even sweet wines, whites on occasion and I’ve tasted a decent fortified Pinot Noir too.
2012 – Horrible weather conditions, never the less the reds are outstanding. Whites are good to very good.