Domaine Chevrot et Fils Bourgogne Pinot Noir 2017
1 or more bottles$64.00
Mike Bennie93 points
From an exceedingly satisfying vintage, a pinot that offers immediate contentment upon tasting.
Aligning a multitude of flowers, early season plums and pomegrante with a fluid texture on the palate. Acidity is nonaggressive, owing to the vintages voluptuousness. An ideal wine for snacking with friends over terrines and fresh chèvre.
Deep dark red colour with black tinged edges and light red hue. Elevated black cherry aromas mix with dried herbs, earthy leather like notes and spiced dried meats. Light earthy dark cherry flavours are interwoven with smoked meats, leather and spice. Dryish finish with sturdy tannins and a very earthy leather dominate aftertaste.
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- Red Fruits
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Critic Scores & reviews
"Working through the Domaine Chevrot trio on my bench today was a bit of a wild ride but interesting and I liked it. Not really a coherent message from the producer, but that’s not what I look for always, and indeed, the wines each spoke with their own worthy personality, and boldly. Organic farming, natural winemaking, additions low or zero. Rustic charm meets pop of fruit. Bright acidity keeps the wine at a brisk gait, there’s a splash of jubey, pretty fruit, some charcuterie characters tossed in, green herb things and a strong sense of general ‘minerality’ coursing through this wine. This feels very ‘of grape’ rather than anything else, has superb, gummy tannins that feel fine and building while flavours bring up the word ‘detailed’ in my notes. It’s sort of awkward in a way and not elegant, but it’s proud of its slight oddity and I like it. I would like to sit down and take some time drinking this bottle. By myself"
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Wine is being produced throughout France and has been done for over 2,500 years with certain Châteaux dating their history back to Roman times, around 6th Century BC. Ranking second in the world in per-capita consumption and first in total production quantity. More so than the overall quantity of wine is the quantity of truly great wines coming out of France makes the nation the envy of wine-making nations worldwide.
Two concepts pivotal to the higher end French wines, in particular, are the idea of 'terroir' and the Appellation d'Origine Contrôlée (AOC) system. Terroir refers to the way the geography, geology and climate find their way into the glass, telling a story of the origin of the wine. The AOC was set up in 1935 and has the primary goal of protecting the authenticity of the wines and the livelihoods of the producers. Appellation rules strictly define which varieties of grapes and winemaking practices are approved for classification in each of France's several hundred geographically defined appellations, which can cover entire regions, individual villages or in some cases, like in Burgundy even specific vineyards.
Classic wine regions in France include Champagne (home of Champagne), Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), Bordeaux (Cabernet Sauvignon, Merlot, Malbec, Petit Verdot), Alsace (Aromatic varietals), Loire Valley (Chenin Blanc, Crémant) and the Rhône Valley (Syrah, Grenache Mourvedre)
The Bordeaux classification of 1855 is still in use, as is the Sauternes and Barsac Classification of the same year. Wines from certain regions can be bought En Primeur, which is when the wine is sold prior to it being bottled.
Burgundy is undoubtedly the home of the finest Pinot Noir and Chardonnays in the world, where vineyards, or Domaines have been producing wines for over 2000 years. Burgundy is located in the North-east of France, an hours drive from Lyon and 2 hours from Paris. With over 100 appellations, or sub-regions (more than any other wine region) Burgundy is known for being the most terroir-oriented region in the World. The finest red wines of Burgundy are found in the Côte d'Or, a string of villages including Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey St Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-St Georges.
There are flavours present in great Burgundys that are the envy of Pinot Noir producers worldwide. The elusive peacocks tail finish that goes on and on, and the pretty-elegance backed by Burgundy muscle is the goal of winemakers around the globe. The main levels in the Burgundy classifications, in descending order of quality, are: Grand crus, Premier crus, village appellations, and finally regional appellations. For the Chablis wines, a similar hierarchy of Grand Cru, Premier Cru and Village wines is used, plus Petit Chablis as a level below Village Chablis.
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