Domaine Claude Dugat, established in 1955, is widely considered one of the top...
producers in Gevrey-Chambertin. It is a small family-run domaine, with Claude and Marie-Thérèse’s children - son Bertrand and daughters Laetitia and Jeanne - taking over the running of the six hectare estate. The domaine practices sustainable viticulture, never using fertilisers or herbicides. The aim is to have a light touch in the vineyard and to harvest the grapes when they are just ripe. Ripeness (and the harvest date) is determined solely by taste rather than by lab analysis, with the wines always having a signature freshness because they never pick late. The concentration and intensity of the wines is derived primarily from old vines and low yields.
The vines are situated in the commune of Gevrey-Chambertin. They are planted on clay and limestone soil and are Guyot pruned. The domaine practices la 'lutte-raisonée', the vineyards are monitored continuously throughout the year, tended to by hand in order to keep the amount of required treatments to a minimum.
After a mild winter, spring brought a devastating spell of cold weather which hit a record area of vines with an historic late frost at the end of April. Episodes of hail that followed on the Mâconnais and the northern parts of the Bourgogne ensured that this would be one of the smallest vintages of the last two decades. The vines subsequently began their growth cycle later than usual but hot sunny weather from June enabled the vines to catch up, flowering, budburst, and ripening happened undisturbed, with the weather remaining fine and settled throughout the rest of the season.
The grapes were 100% destemmed. After crushing, the must was cold soaked prior to fermentation for a period of six days. Fermentation was started immediately in concrete vats, with virtually no pumping over, but punching down was carried out twice a day. Total vatting time was about two weeks, after which the juice was left to settle for two days before going to barrel. The wine was then matured in oak barrels for 18 months.
The nose offers rich and expressive aromas of red and black cherries, raspberries and redcurrant. On the palate, the wine is very generous, with a rich, silky texture. This wine has tremendous depth and intensity for a Bourgogne Rouge.
|Grape varieties||100% Pinot Noir|
|Region||Côte de Nuits, Burgundy|
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