Arnaud's Gevrey 1er Cru comes from four brilliantly situated vineyards, each of which are too small to bottle separately. All of these parcels abut grand cru sites and have an average vine age of 60 years. Firstly there is Cherbaudes, an outstanding 1er situated right below the Mazis-Chambertin grand cru. Then Petite Chapelle, right next door but a little further down the slope, immediately below the grand cru Chapelle-Chambertin. This site makes very refined wines. Champonnet, on the same line as the grand crus and very near to Ruchottes-Chambertin is tucked up high, near the entrance of the combe or valley. And finally, Bel Air is one of the highest vineyards on the grand cru slope, sitting immediately on top of Clos de Bèze. This is a cold, rocky site that faces east and produces very mineral wines. It's hard to imagine a better-situated collection of 1er cru vineyards and so the quality of the wine should not be a surprise. The new barrel quota is 40% for this wine and power of the wine has completely soaked it up. Again, this a tremendously fine and mineral Gevrey. Very floral and intensely pure, red fruited nose and an incredibly fine yet luscious palate. GC quality on offer here.
Here the nose is fresher still with more elegant if less densely fruited aromas that run from red to blue to violet that include an attractive touch of wet stone that also runs the length of the refined, detailed and admirably pure flavors that culminate in a dusty, precise, sappy and long finale. I like the balance and overall sense of energy. Drink 2014+ Rating: 89-91 Points, Allen Meadows, Burghound Issue 33 Jan 2009
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