Domaine Bachelet Gevrey Chambertin Les Corbeaux Vieilles Vignes 2012
This small village is home to the Grands Crus in the farthest northerly stretches of Côte de Nuits and is famous for some of the deepest and firmest Burgundian Pinot Noir.
Gevrey boasts nine Grands Crus, the best of which are arguably Le Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. As with all of the fragmented vineyards of Burgundy, it isn’t easy to differentiate between the two, which are situated adjacent to Clos de Bèze slightly further up the hill than Le Chambertin. Clos de Bèze has a shallower soil and if you’re really counting, may produce wines less intense but more likely to charm. Some compare Le Chambertin in both power and plentitude only to the prized Romanée-Conti Grand Cru farther south in Vosne-Romanée.
Two other Grands Crus vineyards, Mazis-Chambertin (also written Mazy-) and Latricières-Chambertin command almost as much regard as Le Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. The upper part of Mazy, called Les Mazis Haut is the best and Latricières-Chambertin offers an abundance of juicy fruit and a silky texture in the warmer vintages.
Other Grands Crus are Ruchottes-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Mazoyères-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin.
The most respected Pinot Noir wines from Gevrey-Chambertin are robust and powerful but at the same time, velvety and expressive: black fruit, black licorice and chocolate come into play. After some time in the bottle, the wines are harmonious with bright and sometimes candied fruit, and aromas of musk, truffle, and forest floor. These have staying power.
95 Robert Parker's Wine Advocate
The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin les Corbeaux Vielles Vignes also sees around 30% new oak like the village cru. It has a feminine, astonishingly pure, supremely well-delineated bouquet that is bewitching: blackberry, fresh strawberry, cold limestone, and a touch of iris. The palate displays brilliant balance and a wondrous sense of tension and vigor -- a wine that shimmers in the glass with palpable energy on the finish. This Corbeaux is just exquisite and exudes effortless charm. (NM) (6/2015)
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