PhilosophyThe pride of the family. Griotte-Chambertin, the rarest and smallest of Gevrey-Chambertin’s Grand Crus, was the emblematic wine of the House of Edouard Delaunay for many years, until the early 1990s. And so, it is with great emotion and pride – family devotion, so to speak – that we present this absolute rarity that we never imagined possible for us to be able to offer again.
TerroirSet at the heart of Gevrey’s Grand Crus, between Les Charmes and Chapelle-Chambertin, just below the famed Clos-de-Bèze, the Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru vineyard (2.7 hectares divided among 7 owners) is characterized by its lean soil that overlies limestone slabs, which encourages early ripening. Our grapes are sourced from 60-year-old vines. All of these conditions contribute to the crafting of a precise wine with tautness comparable to that of a musical instrument, along with significant minerality.
Vinification and ageingThe grapes were handpicked and underwent a first sorting in the vineyard. A second, very thorough sorting once they arrived at the winery ensured that only the ripest grapes were used. The whole bunches underwent vinification that lasted nearly 3 weeks. The wine was aged for 18 months in “semi-new” oak barrels (new barrels that are “rinsed” for a few months with another wine in order to lessen the impact of new oak).
Tasting notesDark red in colour with bluish tinges. The nose is exceptionally intense and powerful, and is reminiscent of cherry and blueberry, fruit jellies, with nuances of gingerbread and cinnamon, juniper, a touch of humus and heather, candied walnuts, beeswax… Lovely start to the palate that is airy, velvety, dense and delicate all at the same time. Flavours of jam and raspberry liqueur are complemented by perfectly integrated acidity. Slightly mineral on the finish with notes of graphite that are typical of this terroir. An exceptional wine that is extremely precise and refined.
Press and Awards Jasper Morris: 91-95 ***/100 -- Neil Beckett: 95-96/100