Domaine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 'Lavaut-Saint-Jacques'

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This wine is sold En Primeur. Estimated delivery Spring 2021
  •   Burgundy, France
  •   Pinot Noir
  •   2018

Pierre was one of our first appointments in November and set the bar high as always. The global demand for his Grands Crus means allocations are keenly fought over but the quality and value across the range is always exciting and we are pleased to have a good supply of Pierre’s various expressions of Gevrey Chambertin. In 2018 all the wines were picked in the first week of September and ABV is between 12.5-13.5%. New oak is kept to a minimum and there is 20% whole bunch for the 1er crus and up. The wines were bottled without fining or filtering in November. Pierre suggests the wines have the fruit of 2015 but with riper, silkier tannins and greater elegance, due to the water reserves from the heavy winter and spring rains. It was certainly a super set – from Bourgogne to Beze, and finishing our tasting with a 1969 Lavaut Saint Jacques (blind) shows that for all their deftness and elegance, Duroché’s wines are built to last.

Quite an aloof nose, with a whiff of woodsmoke, characterised by stones more than fruit, the grapes really transmitting the terroir. The palate is silky but precise, emphasising definition, elegance, almost monastic purity, and with vibrant aerien tannins – all the hallmarks of Duroché. Tom, Wine Guru

95/100, Tim Atkin MW

Six parcels making up 1.2 ha (nearly 3 acres), the oldest vines planted 1923. Part goes into the Vieilles Vignes cuvée. Tank sample but about to be bottled. Deep cherry red. Dark, lightly peppery red fruit with a delicate note of minerally rock dust. More chewy than Les Cazetiers, firmer texture, perfectly balanced by that dark and juicy fruit. Really good judgement on the extraction here. Juicy and peppery on the finish, with honest, definite, fine tannins. Very good length. 16.5/20, Julia Harding MW

3 barrels in 2018. I almost forgot to take notes here., I was enjoying the wine so much! This is a case where there is an immense difference between the regular and the old vine bottling. Hard to imagine a wine with greater intensity that shows no signs at all of imbalance. It is all at the back of the palate. On the cusp of deep purple raspberry and fresher black fruit – there is never any doubting the inherent freshness in this wine, but the fruit super-saturates the palate. 5 Star Wine! 95-98/100, Jasper Morris MW

Aromas of dark berry fruit, cheeries, woodsmoke, and forest floor introduce the 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaut Saint-Jacques, a medium to full-bodied, elegant and enveloping wine that's fine-boned, lively and delicately extracted, exemplifying the Duroché style. 92-94/100, William Kelley, Wine Advocate

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaut Saint-Jacques 1er Cru, which comes from six parcels, delivers one of the purest and most mineral-driven of Duroché’s aromatics this year, beautifully defined and resolutely classic in style. The palate is well balanced and rounded in the mouth, although I prefer the Champeaux this year, since this just feels a little smudged at present. Let’s see how it develops once in bottle. Around 18 barrels produced. 90-92/100, Neal Martin, Vinous

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  Bottle size 750
  Vintage 2018
  Country France
  Region Burgundy
  Grape Pinot Noir
  Wine Type Red wines

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