Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru `Lavaut Saint-Jacques`

Côte de Nuits

Jean-Claude Boisset

Jean-Claude Boisset was radically transformed with 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 has 330 hectares under production towards the northern end of the Côte de Nuits. 82 hectares are premier cru and the vines are situated between 240-280m above sea level. Soils here are limestone based with a high proportion of clay marlstones from the slopes of the Combe de Lavaut. This gives power and roundness to the wines. Lavaut Saint-Jacques is one of the most famed Premiers Crus, often considered equal to the Grands Crus. The direct southern exposure is one of the key factors in its intense, fleshy-textured fruit and firm structure. The vines are old and naturally low yielding, producing small grapes with excellent concentration.

Vinification

The grapes were hand-picked and sorted first on the vines, being harvested into small perforated boxes, and secondly at the winery by a team of ten people. After de-stemming, the whole berries were gravity fed into tank for 3 weeks maceration and fermentation. The wine was barrel-fermented. It remained in barrel, of which less than 20% was new oak, for 15 months. It was bottled having been neither fined nor filtered beforehand.

Tasting Notes

Intense red in colour, with perfumes of red fruits on the nose. Refined and well balanced on the palate, this wine is round and powerful, with an excellent persistence.

Vintage Information

Vintage 2006
Grape varieties 100% Pinot Noir
Region Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
Winemaker Grégory Patriat
Alcohol (ABV) 13%
Acidity 5.34g/l
Residual Sugar 0.5g/l
Wine pH 3.68