Domaine Lucien Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Perrière 2014

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Domaine Lucien Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru La Perriere 2014 shows off a deep ruby purple colour. The fine nose is fruity, floral, spicy and mineral. Great freshness and firm tannins on the palate which remains faithful to the aromas on the nose, evoking flavours of strawberry, cherry, pink pepper, peony and crushed rocks. Softly textured, with a very long finish.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Vintage: 2014
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Fresh and firm
Drink With: Rare bavette steak

La Perrière is a premier cru climat in the southern part of Gevrey-Chambertin, just below the hill where the appellation's Grand Cru vineyards lie. The vineyard's name, perrière, is both a reference to the stones (pierres in French) that characterise the soils and to its former occupation as a quarry, which has given rise to a good terroir for viticulture.

The site covers six acres (slightly under 2.5ha) at the foot of the Côte D'Or escarpment. The Mazis-Chambertin grand cru climat lies along La Perrière's western edge, while the tiny Au Closeau vineyard occupies the northwest corner of the vineyard. To the east, there is a patchwork of vineyards sanctioned for use in basic Gevrey-Chambertin wines. The land in this part of Gevrey-Chambertin slopes gently toward the east, a far cry from the steeper slopes of the Gevrey-Chambertin grand cru hill. This means that the vines are angled toward the morning sunshine, but do not have as much exposure as the vines higher on the hill. As a result, the berries have less ripening influence from the sun, and the wines are a little leaner and less concentrated.

La Perrière's stony soils are a throwback to a time when the vineyard was a quarry, a situation shared by many vineyards with similar names throughout Burgundy. Soil from the surrounding area was used to fill in the land and now light, loamy topsoil is underscored by free-draining calcareous stones. This encourages deep root growth and lessened vigour, which forces vines to concentrate energy into the production of high-quality grapes. These soils are an important part of the terroir, and help to distinguish the site as a premier cru climat.

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