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The Story

Chambertin Grand Cru
Once upon a time, this field was owned by a fellow called Bertin. This is the most famous Grands Crus, close to the south of Combe Grisard ; it is not as steep as Clos de Bèze and colder. Facing east, it benefits from perfect sunshine. At the top of the hill, the soils are white and marly, thereby slowing down the growing cycle. At the bottom, they are marly-limestone with superb dark brown clay. Together they are covered by scree and fine silt. Situated on the middle of the slope with excellent drainage, this is a perfect terroir for Pinot Noir. The combination between the top and the bottom produces a Chambertin offering rare balance. 

Like all great wines, it remains very closed in its youth. However when first tasted it evokes its full potential and plenty of class on the palate. From start to finish it boasts good elegant flesh with silky tannins and a mineral framework. With age it will express its entire complexity.


Vintage 2002

2002 VINTAGE in Burgundy

A Great Year 

The trade is unanimous: the harvest was exceptional and 2002 is destined to be a great vintage for Burgundy. A dry summer, a sunny September, splendid grapes with highly concentrated sugars - everything came together to produce structured and complex wines with outstanding aromatic potential.
As early as the beginning of September, the sugar content in the grapes was often at exceptionally high levels and they had attained a degree of maturity indicative of a good balance between sugar and acidity in both the Chardonnay and the Pinot Noir, as well as in the Gamay and Aligoté. 

Well-matured grapes have produced - on the evidence of early tastings - deeply-coloured red wines with a garnet tint, and with really well-structured tannins. Depending on degree of maturity, the wines evoke sustained aromas of red and black fruits. Thanks to yield control and careful harvesting, they present a wide diversity of expression. 

The white wines are intense and heady, richly fragrant in their blend of fruit and mineral components. They are rounded, long in the mouth, balanced and harmonious. 

Both reds and whites of the 2002 vintage fully express their respective terroirs and promise fine ageing potential. 

As Hubert Camus, President of the Interprofession and himself a wine-grower at Gevrey-Chambertin, puts it: "In 2002, Burgundy's growers and négociants have every prospect of obtaining remarkable wines." 

Growing conditions during the year were characterised by low rainfall. Maturation took place in warm and sunny weather punctuated by occasional rainstorms. These weather conditions aided concentration in the grapes and kept them healthy. The harvest period enjoyed an ideal combination of sunshine and cool temperatures.


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 A cool and distinctly restrained nose is exhibiting only the initial whispers of secondary character on the airy plum, dark currant, freshly turned earth and game scents. There is excellent intensity to the beautifully well-delineated middle weight plus flavors that seem to be constructed on a base of almost pungent minerality, all wrapped in a hugely long, balanced and very stylish finish. This is very much still on the way up yet it is at least within shouting distance of its peak and thus I would describe the '02 Chambertin as being in a drink or hold phase. Succinctly put, this is a terrific '02

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