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Relatively generous amount of wood and menthol stop just short of fighting with the sauvage and violet-inflected dark berry fruit-suffused nose. The sleek, intense and more mineral-driven medium weight flavors also conclude in a youthfully austere and impressively long finale. This will need to more completely integrate its oak treatment but overall this too possesses very good potential. (Drink starting 2026)
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Village comes from 10 hectares from around Brochon, split over 17 different parcels controlled by Bouchard Père. Harvested on September 10 and made with 40% whole-cluster fruit, it has more red than black fruit, offering raspberry, cranberry and light pomegranate aromas; hints of oyster shell emerge with time. The palate is medium-bodied with sappy red fruit, fine-grained tannins, good acidity and a nicely detailed finish. This is a finely crafted Village Cru. (Drink between 2021-2030)
40% whole bunch and a short cuvaison. Rich, intense purple. I don’t find it easy to discern Gevrey on the nose, more the vintage and the house style. Fortunately it is a bit fresher on the palate, with some of the typical strawberry notes, so there is every chance that the terroir will reassert itself later. Good clean structure.