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Domaine Lucien Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 2016


The Domaine Lucien Boillot Gevrey-Chambertin 2016 is medium to full-bodied, displaying exceptionally complex aromas of bacon, black cherries, liquorice, pencil lead, raspberry jam, smokiness and dry toast. On the palate, one finds a balanced acidity, integrated oak, modest tannins and flavours of mocha, mushroom, forest floor, plum jam and wood smoke. This is a well-crafted Gevrey-Chambertin.

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: Rich and luxurious
Drink With: Medallions of venison with port and cranberries

The soils in Gevrey-Chambertin are calcareous clay, which Boillot has brought into balance by using only organic fertilisers for many years. The vines are pruned in single guyot style. Yields are low, averaging 38 hectolitres per hectare and the harvest is 85% de-stemmed, depending upon the vintage. The must is allowed a cold maceration before cuvaison, which lasts for 21 days and is carried out in stainless steel. Fermentation is in 25% new Allier oak with a medium toast.

Gevrey-Chambertin is a village in Burgundy's Côte De Nuits district and it produces some of the world's most prestigious and expensive red wines. The village is home to nine grand cru vineyards, comfortably more than any other Burgundy village (the nearest contender is Vosne-Romanée).

Although the grand cru wines attract the most attention, those made under the village's standard Gevrey-Chambertin appellation are held in very high regard. Just like their big grand cru brothers, all Gevrey-Chambertin wines are made almost exclusively from Pinot Noir. Widely regarded as being Burgundy's most full-bodied and masculine, the village's wines have a particular intensity of colour, aroma and flavour about them, not to mention impressive longevity. Well-made examples can develop in the bottle for several decades. These qualities, combined with the village's solid reputation and relatively large production volumes, have earned Gevrey-Chambertin the title of king of Burgundy wines.

The grand cru vineyards lie just to the south of the village, on the mid-slopes of the Côte D'Or escarpment. These nine distinct climats, each with its own appellation, collectively occupy a 500m-wide belt between the village and its boundary with Morey-Saint-Denis. The premier cru vineyards are located just west of the village, on the higher slopes of the Cote d'Or, at elevations of 250–350m. To the east and north lie the swathes of village-level vineyards, which produce more wine each year than almost any other Côte D'Or commune.

The Gevrey-Chambertin appellation covers well over two million bottles of wine per vintage, produced from 435 hectares of vineyards. This figure includes all premier cru wines, but not the grand cru wines, which have their own separate appellations.

The village was originally called just Gevrey, but in 1847 the parish council added the name of the most prestigious local vineyard, Le Chambertin. This started a trend that ran the length of the Côte D'Or, right down to the "Montrachets" (Puligny and Chassagne) in the south.