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Domaine Lucien Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux 2016


Domaine Lucien Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Corbeaux 2016 displays admirable fineness of tannin along with ripe cassis and dark cherry fruit. Notes of bitter chocolate and herbal elements add to the finish. The structure supports but never dominates this substantial and balanced wine. The amount of new oak is limited at this estate which leaves plenty of ripe fruit flavours.

Country: France
Region: Burgundy
Subregion: Côte De Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin
Vintage: 2016
Colour: Red
Grape Variety: Pinot Noir
ABV: 13.5%
Bottle Size: 75cl
Closure: Natural cork
Style: Well built but approachable
Drink With: Fine roast beef.

Literally translated as "the blackbirds", the vineyard of Les Corbeaux lies alongside Mazis-Chambertin and produces wines that are full, generous and very stylish. If you have ever read "The Raven" by Edgar Allen Poe, this premier cru Gevrey-Chambertin broods with the same dark masculinity and structure - all with an entrancing and poetic rhythm.

Les Corbeaux is a premier cru climat within the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation just south of Dijon. The vineyard is at the very northern end of the Gevrey-Chambertin grand cru hill, next to Mazis-Chambertin. The wines made here are medium bodied with red fruit characters and soft tannins, although they can't quite match the concentration of the Gevrey-Chambertin grand cru wines.

The vineyard sits just south of the village of Gevrey-Chambertin itself, at the mouth of the Combe de Lavaux, a small valley that cuts into the Côte D'Or escarpment. This valley has a significant effect on the terroir in many of the central climats of Gevrey-Chambertin, including Les Corbeaux and its surrounding premier cru climats Fonteny and Issarts.

This is reflected in the mesoclimate of Les Corbeaux, particularly in relation to the grand cru climats. Here, a westerly wind that is funnelled through the Combe brings cooling influences to the vineyards, and the grapes have less time to develop phenols and sugars. This leads ultimately to a lighter style of wine than comes from the more sheltered grand cru vineyards to the south.

Les Corbeaux has a similar soil makeup to Mazis-Chambertin, with a high proportion of limestone and clay. This has proved very useful viticulturally, as it stores water as well as draining excess, forcing vines to work hard for hydration. Vigour and yield is reduced as a result, leading to the production of high-quality grapes.