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Domaine Duroché - Gevrey-Chambertin "Champs" 2018

Domaine Duroché - Gevrey-Chambertin "Champs" 2018

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The “Champs” is classic and fragrant with red to purple floral notes, fresh cranberry and red cherries followed by meat rub spice and earth-driven mineral notes.

Domaine Duroché has become an overnight superstar in Gevrey-Chambertin, and is a true winemaking fairy tale. Only five years after taking the helm of his family Domaine, Pierre Duroché gained global recognition with exceptional his exceptional Pinots grown on a myriad of Gevrey-Chambertin’s best plots. These comprise well-located village holdings, powerful Premier Crus and blockbuster Grand Crus. Domaine Duroché’s wines are some of the purest expressions of Pinot Noir in the Burgundy region. The first of the line-up of Gevrey Village lieux-dits is the Gevrey-Chambertin “Champ.” It is made from a plot located in the upper, northern part of Gevrey, below “Les Champeaux,” on the Brochon side of the village from 60- to 90-year-old vines.

The bouquet is classic and fragrant with red to purple floral notes, fresh cranberry and red cherries followed by meat rub spice and earth-driven mineral notes. The palate is juicy and crunchy with ripe black and red currants, black berries, and concentrated acidity finished off with earthy black tea-driven tannin. It can be paired with duck confit, beef and black bean, rack of lamb, venison, red pasta, eggplant parmigiana or lasagne. Drink now with a 30-minute decant or age till 2028+. 100% Pinot Noir.

"Duroché's wine embodies the beauty of Pinot Noir in great terroirs. This Gevrey-Chambertin Village is sexy, nicely tied up with charming fruit and minerals."

Pierre picked from 4th to 11th September. All the wines are between 12.5 and 13% alcohol. They were vinified briskly across 12 days, without sulphur, until after the malolactic fermentation which was fairly early this year. When I tasted the wines had been assembled in tank for imminent bottling. A curiosity of this Domaine is that Pierre only uses new wood in his two big volume cuvées, Gevrey-Chambertin and the single vineyard "Champ", where the effect can be lost in the blend. He uses 20% whole bunch vinification from "Etelois" upwards, with 100% for "Cazetiers" and the tiny Griotte-Chambertin bottling.

What we say

"Duroché's wine embodies the beauty of Pinot Noir in great terroirs. This Gevrey-Chambertin Village is sexy, nicely tied up with charming fruit and minerals."

Technical notes

Pierre picked from 4th to 11th September. All the wines are between 12.5 and 13% alcohol. They were vinified briskly across 12 days, without sulphur, until after the malolactic fermentation which was fairly early this year. When I tasted the wines had been assembled in tank for imminent bottling. A curiosity of this Domaine is that Pierre only uses new wood in his two big volume cuvées, Gevrey-Chambertin and the single vineyard "Champ", where the effect can be lost in the blend. He uses 20% whole bunch vinification from "Etelois" upwards, with 100% for "Cazetiers" and the tiny Griotte-Chambertin bottling.