Domaine Duroché Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Les Jeunes Rois’
- Burgundy, France
From a vineyard planted 1952, near the castle of Brochon, the old vines show a degree of millanderage, and also their thick skins means a further natural concentration all of which add to the spicy intensity of the wine. A densely packed nose of black truffles, and tight berry fruit, with the merest whiff of star anise. Very intense and linear on the palate, stony and rigorous, once again the energy here is what really impresses for now.
Pierre needs no introduction these days, having been propelled in to the very front ranks of Burgundy’s most sought-after growers, for all he remains as diffident and charming as ever. With ever increasing global demand for allocations, we never get as much of his Grands Crus as we’d like but the quality and value across the range is always exciting and we are delighted to have a good supply of Pierre’s various expressions of Gevrey Chambertin.
“Quite an easy vintage” says Pierre: Following a wet winter, there was no more serious rain after March, and no botrytis, or rot, although he mentions there was a bit of hail on the north side of Gevrey in July which caused a 20% crop loss (my heart always sinks proportionate to any dip in available quantity of Duroché wines). The Grand Crus have 20-30% whole bunches and Pierre uses the same percentage of new oak in all his wines from Bourgogne Rouge to Clos de Beze.
As for comparative vintages, he points to 2007 for fruit, aromatic profile and balance, but with the concentration and energy of 2010. Roll up, roll up.
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