Gevrey Chambertin Premier Cru Aux Combottes Red 2018
Gevrey-Chambertin "Aux Combottes"1er crus - 2018
PhilosophyWorthy of a Grand Cru! If there were one single word to define the Aux Combottes Premier Cru, it would be "plenitude". Indeed, its location makes it, in our opinion, one of the finest Premier Crus in Gevrey-Chambertin, if not the finest. Aux Combottes are rich, balanced wines featuring remarkable depth that deserve to be classified as Grand Crus.
TerroirNiched between its illustrious neighbours - Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru to the north and Clos-de-la-Roche Grand Cru to the south - Aux Combottes is an exception as it is the only Premier Cru in the long, uninterrupted stretch of Grand Crus that links Gevrey with Morey. This anomaly, which is probably due to an old rivalry between the villages, allows wine lovers to take advantage of enjoying a magnificent Premier Cru that boasts all of the qualities of a Grand Cru!
Vinification and ageingThe grapes were handpicked and meticulously sorted so as to only keep grapes of the highest quality. The bunches of grapes were destemmed and transferred to tanks. Vinification relied on indigenous yeasts and lasted 20 days, with daily punch-downs to develop the wine’s colour and tannins. The cuvée was barrel-aged for 18 months: the first 6 months in a one-year-old cask followed by another 12 months in a “semi-new” cask that had been previously used for the ageing of a red Bourgogne for 3 to 6 months. The barrels were selected from oak trees grown in the Cîteaux forest.
Tasting notesMagnificent deep colour. The nose is expressive, redolent of blackcurrant and fruit jelly with a nuance of dried apricot and a fine, elegant touch of oak, supported by notes of bark and chlorophyll and spicy hints (turmeric, nutmeg). Superb start to a palate that boasts great depth - a reflection of this wine’s magnificent maturity. This is a full-bodied, powerful wine featuring complex flavours of dark chocolate, brandied cherries, ferns, and damp moss. The tannins are ripe and assertive, the sign of excellent cellaring potential.