Domaine Henri Richard Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016
1 or more bottles$350.00
Allen Meadows92* points
Domaine Henri Richard is located in Gevrey on the D974 a little south of Domaine Trapet. It is a fourth generation family estate owned by Margeret and Jean Bastien and their children Sarah and Richard – with Sarah Bastien and Guillaume Berthier running the estate today and making the wines.
The estate has a exceptional selection of vineyards – with plots in Mazoyerés-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin and the village terroir Aux Corvées.
The estate has been biodynamically certified – (Agriculture Biologique) since 2005. Minimal interventions are used in the making of all these wines.
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Critic Scores & reviews
"(2015 vintage) A distinctly, even pungently earthy and animal nose is composed of notably ripe aromas of cassis, dark berry and oak nuances. There is fine volume to the suave and relatively forward flavors that tighten up quickly on the balanced and mouth coating finish. This is certainly seductive if not as complex as one might hope for given its grand cru birthright. To be sure this is by no means a poor wine but like the Corvées it's going to have to develop a good deal more depth to merit the upper end of my range. 89-92 points."
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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.
Charmes-Chambertin is an Appellation d'origine contrôlée (AOC) and Grand Cru vineyard for red wine (Pinot Noir) in the Côte de Nuits region of Burgundy, France. The vineyard, of roughly 27.5 hectares, sits in the southern part of the Gevrey-Chambertin commune. It received its AOC designation in 1937. Stony, well-drained soils here feature a fine layer of pebbly and chalky topsoil. Charmes-Chambertin wines have a reputation for being highly fragrant when young, with the typicity of character – soft flavours of ripe fruit – for which Pinot Noir is known.
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About the brand Domaine Henri Richard
Located in the beautiful village of Gevrey Chambertin, Domaine Henri Richard is certified by ECOCERT and is recognized for organic & bio-dynamic farming since 2005. Henri Richard Estate mainly makes a variety of elegant and structured red Burgundies but also produces a superb Bourgogne Aligoté.