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Gevrey-Chambertin

The most northerly of the foremost communes in Burgundy, Gevrey-Chambertin is also the largest.  Indeed, it contains nine of the 24 grands crus of the Cote de Nuits, and for many, it represents the greatest possible expression of Pinot Noir.  At its peak, Chambertin and the adjoined Chambertin ‘Clos de Beze’ vineyards (roughly 13 and 15 hectares respectively) produce exceptional wine of unsurpassed longevity – at least when it comes to Pinot Noir.  

chambertin-vines.jpgSurrounding these two vineyards are fellow grands crus Latricieres-Chambertin (to the south) and Ruchottes-Chambertin and Mazis-Chambertin (to the north), each above the road (Routes des Grands Crus) and beside the two Chambertins.  Beneath the road are Chapelle-Chambertin, Griottes-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin and the seldom-seen Mazoyeres-Chambertin.  There are also 26 premiers crus vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin as well, several of which (Clos St.-Jacques, Cazetiers and Cherbaudes at least) are capable, in the right hands, of producing incredible wines as well.

The wines of Gevrey-Chambertin tend to be rich, full-bodied and powerful Burgundies.  Whilst there is a touch of spice and exoticism in their flavours, there tends to be more ferric, dark-fruited characters.  Good Gevrey should be long, complex and compelling.

There is no white produced in Gevrey-Chambertin.

Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the larger villages in the Cote d'Or - indeed, the largest after Beaune itself.  On top of some 550 or so hectares of vineyards there are numerous shops, cafes and even a handful of restaurants, making it popular with visitors and locals alike.  The vineyards themselves are located in three main groups: to the south of the villages (which includes all nine grands crus); to the north of the village (which includes a clutch of premiers crus such as Cazetiers, Champeaux and Clos St.-Jacques); and a strip of villages vineyards either side of the RN74 - the highway between Beaune and Dijon.

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