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Boisset Gevrey-Chambertin

Côte de Nuits, Burgundy

Awards

  • Silver - International Wine Challenge 2014

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset has undergone a radical transformation since the arrival in 2002 of viniculteur Grégory Patriat, one of the best viticulturalists/winemakers of his generation in Burgundy...

Grégory had spent the previous three years working in the vineyards at Domaine Leroy and still spends a great deal of his time in the vineyards, paying his growers by the hectare in order to ensure low yields. He also prefers to work with organic growers, as he finds they produce better fruit. Unlike other Burgundian négociants, Grégory specialises in making wines from ‘lieu-dits’ or tiny plots of vines, something which accounts for the limited production of most of his wines.

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Vineyards

Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the largest and most respected vineyards of the Côte de Nuits with a vineyard area of 330 hectares, situated between 240-280 metres above sea level. Soils are limestone, with a good proportion of clay marl. This gives the resulting wines concentration and roundness. Grapes for this wine were grown on old vines using careful vine management techniques which involved pruning, debudding and cluster thinning to restrict yields, and therefore concentrate the vines` reserves into fewer grapes, as well as shoot and leaf positioning to ensure that the grapes were fully exposed to the sun.

Vintage information

The Côte de Nuits was severely affected by the hail storms and wet weather that characterised the late spring and early summer of 2012. With poor flowering conditions, there was low fruit set which resulted in reduced yields. Nevertheless, great care of the remaining grapes ensured excellent quality at harvest.

Vinification

Grapes were hand-harvested and sorted before they arrived at the winery. They were 100% de-stemmed but not crushed and transferred by gravity into vats. Maceration lasted around three weeks, with frequent pigeage, or punching down of the cap. Fermentation was carried out by ambient yeasts. The wine was aged in cask for 16 months, using approximately 20% new oak. It was bottled after a very light filtration.

Tasting Notes

An attractive nose, with perfumes of blackcurrants, small red berries and a slight smokiness. Ripe, rounded tannins provide an elegant backbone and balance the smooth fruit character on the palate. Long and elegant on the finish.

Vintage information

Vintage 2012
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 12.5%