PhilosophyKing Chambertin. A mythical wine, the greatest of Gevrey-Chambertin’s great wines is often nicknamed "King Chambertin", designating both its undisputed title as suzerain of the northern Côte de Nuits’s Grand Crus and the fact that it was often reserved for service at the French kings’ court. Our extremely rare Chambertin - only one barrel is produced - is a legendary wine, a wine that the world’s most distinguished wine connoisseurs dream of tasting.
TerroirThe Grand Cru Chambertin appellation represents the heart of GevreyChambertin, as much from a symbolic as a geographical point of view, as the lieu-dit is located at the heart of the 9 Grand Crus, south of the village. The grapes come from 50-year-old vines located at the foot of the Chambertin vineyards, in the middle of the climat. The rows of vines run from the Route des Grands Crus towards the slope and thrive in limestone subsoils that contain white marls.
Vinfication and ageingThe grapes were sorted by hand on a sorting table before being completely destemmed. Naturally present yeasts initiated the vinification process. Maceration lasted 3 weeks with 5 days of cold (12°C) maceration. Very gentle punch-downs were performed regularly. Once the must was pressed, the wine was immediately transferred to “semi-new” oak barrels (barrels that contained Bourgogne Pinot Noir wine for a few months to reduce any overly aggressive overtones of new oak). 12 months later the wine was racked, then returned to a one-year-old barrel to continue ageing for another 6 months.
Tasting notesGorgeous, intense vermillion red in colour. The first notes on the nose are fresh and airy, with scents of spices, willow, thyme, eucalyptus, heather, cedar, a whiff of freshly cut herbs… There are also aromas of egg-based baked goods. This is a wine that boasts remarkable elegance, finesse and subtlety. The palate is fresh, soft and full, with lovely velvetiness and length. Roasted notes, flavours of chocolate, fruit jellies, raspberry, mellow red berry liqueurs, a touch of alcohol-preserved cherries… The wine’s texture is very elegant, long and fresh with lovely, well-integrated tannins. The finish features a hint of chocolate and a slightly saline-liquorice nuance that further prolongs the tasting experience.