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Jean-Claude Boisset

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN "Les Jeunes Rois" 2009

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Varietal

100% Pinot Noir

Origins

This wine’s name evokes prestige. Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the noblest places in Burgundy and marks the true beginning of Burgundy’s Grands Crus…
Gevrey-Chambertin is a large town located at the northern end of the Côte de Nuits. It boasts one of the largest surface areas under vine with no less than 330 hectares under production, of which 82 are planted with Premiers Crus. The vines are planted at altitudes of between 240 and 280 metres. The soil is limestone-based with a high proportion of clay marlstones from the scree of the Combe de Lavaux, giving power and roundness to the wines. The “Jeunes Rois” vineyard is located north of Gevrey-Chambertin, on the famous slope of Brochon.

Vineyard selection and management

This wine comes from vineyards which have been carefully chosen based on strict requirements: old vines which naturally produce fewer grapes and more importantly, small grapes. These small bunches always guarantee good concentration of the future wine. Vine-growing techniques are also very particular: limited yields due to severe de-budding, green harvest if needed, working of the soil, absence of fertilizers, environmentally friendly pest management which respects beneficial wildlife.

Vinification and maturing

Harvest date: 20 September 2009. The grapes were handpicked and collected in 20-kg perforated crates. They were sorted a first time in the vineyard and a second time on the sorting table when they arrived at the winery.
At the winery: The grapes were completely destemmed but not crushed (they were left whole) and were gravity-fed into tanks. Maceration lasted a total of 26 days including one week of cold maceration (12°C). Fermentation used indigenous yeasts only (no additives such as enzymes or tannins were used). Infrequent punching of the cap (8 maximum).
In the cellar: Aged on the lees for 19 months with no racking using a proportion of 30% new French oak barrels that had been toasted at low temperatures for a long time to impart a very delicate touch of oak to the wine.
Bottling: The wine was not fined, but was very gently filtered before being bottled using gravity in April 2011.
1,200 bottles were produced.

Tasting notes

Visual: Medium intensity with ruby highlights.
Nose: Rather distinguished with notes of blackcurrant liqueur and a hint of toast.
Palate: Rich, deep and full-bodied with lovely mouthfeel. Long on the finish.

Ageing potential

10 years and more

Vintage : 2009

Everyone agrees that 2009 was an exceptional year. Indeed it was, given the magnificent quality of the sun-gorged grapes which were very healthy and picked at optimum maturity. Therefore, very little sorting was necessary at the winery; only a small percentage of the grapes were discarded. The red wines are very concentrated and very ripe with low acidity and good colour which means they will be drinkable in the exuberance of their youth.

Rewards

2012 - Guide des Meilleurs Vins de France - 16 / 20
2011 - 1001 DEGUSTATIONSCOM - 3 Etoiles