2016 Domaine Marchand Freres Gevrey Chambertin Vignes Vielles
2016 Domaine Marchand Freres Gevrey Chambertin Vignes Vielles Beautiful aroma of a vintage oak box full of black cherries. Flavors of black cherries, raspberries, plums, smoke and pepper fill this delightful 2016 wine. Nice integration of fruit, earth and smoke.
Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy’s Côte de Nuits district – produces some of the world’s most prestigious and expensive red wines. The village is home to nine grand cru vineyards, comfortably more than any other Burgundy village (the nearest contender is Vosne-Romanée). Eight of these feature “Chambertin” somewhere in their name, in homage to the most respected among them: Le Chambertin.
Although the grand cru wines attract the most attention, those made under the village’s standard Gevrey-Chambertin appellation are held in very high regard. Just like their big grand cru brothers, all Gevrey-Chambertin wines are made almost exclusively from Pinot Noir. Widely regarded as being Burgundy’s most full-bodied and structured, the village’s wines have a particular intensity of color, aroma and flavor about them, not to mention impressive longevity. Well-made examples can develop in the bottle for several decades. These qualities, combined with the village’s solid reputation and relatively large production volumes, have earned Gevrey-Chambertin a reputation as the “king” of Burgundy wines.
Total production of this wine for the whole world is only 80 cases, an old vine wine, from 45-65 year old vineyards and the wine has it all. Deserves time in the cellar but delicious now with a breathe. If you have not experienced great Burgundy, you have not experienced great wine. Get as much of the 2016’s as you can. Awesome Marchand style, rich and opulent, tannins extremely integrated all silk and satin. Roasted spice, oozing blackberry fruit, silky textured on the palate with meaty layers of black fruits, surprisingly long on the supple finish.
2012 91pts: Shows beautiful purity to the cherry, raspberry, floral and spice aromas and flavors in this silky red. Firms up quickly, and the fruit extends on the lasting aftertaste. Needs time to integrate.