With 400 hectares under vine and eight grand crus (more than any other village,) Gevrey-Chambertin is one of Burgundy’s largest but yet finest villages. Its wines are typically richer and firmer than neighbouring Chambolle-Musigny and Vosne-Romanée to the south.
Interestingly and perhaps by no coincidence, Chambertin shares a very similar soil make-up to the equally famous white wine vineyard - Le Montrachet – in the Cote de Beaune, with an almost identical proportion of two thirds fine earth and one third pebbles.
Some of the villages premier crus, such as Clos St-Jacques and Cazetiers in the north west corner of the commune, are often sold for just as much the grand crus, and are quite justifiably priced. The village level wines also vary depending on where they come from. Those to the north have more grip and strength, while the southern climats tend to me more fragrant. In this instance, blending of the different vineyards allow more flexibility in producing a more complex and balanced wine.
Vines have been cultivated here since 630AD, when a certain Bertin decided to emulate the monks, his neighbors. The wine he made turned out to be spectacular - and the rest is history!
Domaine Louis Boillot Gevrey Chambertin 2013 @ $75. (exclusively from old vines of an indeterminate age)."An airy and relatively expressive nose combines notes of various red berries with Gevrey-style earth and a sauvage hint. The supple, round and utterly delicious middle weight flavors possess a subtle hint of minerality on the sappy and mouth coating finish. This is a fine Gevrey villages that should drink well young if desired." Drink 2019+ Burghound 89-91
Domaine Arlaud Gevrey Chambertin 2014 @ $99. "Once again reduction pushes the fruit to the background. As is usually the case there is more size, weight and power to the medium-bodied flavors that also exude a fine bead of minerality on the slightly rustic but equally well-balanced finale that offers even better complexity. Lovely." Burghound 91
Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin 'Vieilles Vignes' 2014 @ $105. "The 2014 Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes has a pure and fragrant bouquet with red rose petals infusing the vivid red cherry and fresh strawberry fruit. The palate is medium-bodied, quite tight and reserved on the entry with a keen line of acidity, correct and linear towards the fresh finish that is uninteresting in giving much away at the moment. Afford this 3-4 years in bottle to get the most from it." 92 RP
Domaine Fourrier Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Cherbaudes' 2014 @ $176. "This too is wonderfully complex with its layered aromas of black cherry, spice, floral, game and smoke hints. The flavor profile is at once lush yet precise with lovely purity to the lightly mineral-inflected and subtly powerful finish that is beautifully well-balanced and persistent. This is terrific and absolutely worth considering." Burghound 93 Faiveley Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Cazetiers' 2015 @ $175. "Deeply pitched aromas of newly turned earth and animal notes characterize the brooding but notably ripe spiced plum and red berry fruit nose. The rich, full-bodied and tautly muscled flavors exhibit buckets of sappy dry extract that all but disguises the firm tannic spine on the immensely long and explosive finish. Cazetiers doesn't get a whole lot better than this." Burghound 92-95
Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Cazetiers' 2015 @ $180. "This is completely different and much more typically Gevrey with its earthier and more sauvage-inflected aromas of ripe dark berries and forest floor that are also trimmed in noticeable but not intrusive wood toast. There is more volume and power to the equally mineral-driven and concentrated flavors that possess real drive on the strikingly complex finish where the only nit is a hint of warmth. This notably structured effort should be first-rate if you have the patience to allow it to mature." (92-94)/2030+ Burghound Louis Jadot Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru 'Clos Saint Jacques' 2015 @ $300. "The 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques has a very composed and detailed bouquet, a mixture of red and black fruit, a subtle floral note of rose petal and iris. The palate is medium-bodied with very fine tannin and a fine silver bead of acidity. It feels quite linear at the moment, strict and you could say "well behaved," though there is superb depth towards the velvety finish and a persistent minerally aftertaste. This is a very composed, complex Clos Saint-Jacques." Drink: 2020-2045 RP 93-95
Bouchard Chambertin Grand Cru 'Clos des Beze' 2015 @ $395 More energetic and terroir-driven on the nose than the Chapelle-Chambertin, offering scents of black cherry, licorice, minerals and medicinal spices. Wonderfully silky and seamless but also quite firm, with its currant, licorice and salty mineral flavors lifted by a peppery element that is no doubt at least partly from the stems. The tactile, powerful, slowly mounting finish displays extremely refined tannins and saturates the taste buds. Left behind a captivating perfume of dried flowers in the empty glass.” 93-95 Tanzer - Vinous