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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.
Bourgogne 2022: A generous and promising vintage
The 2022 vintage encapsulates what Bourgogne does best: Generosity and promise! After three years of quality without quantity, with yields impacted by weather events, it is certainly welcome, taking some of the pressure off sales and allowing stocks to be built back up. Despite some small disparities depending on the varietal, the vines stood up pretty well to some rather extreme weather and were able to take advantage of the slightest rainfall. As the wines begin the ageing process in cellars stacked up to three barrels high, winemakers and négociants are happy because the 2022 vintage is certain to seduce the palates of wine lovers around the world!
The weather this year was once again extreme, with frost, heatwaves, and drought. Budburst was later than in recent years, which helped protect the vines from April frost. Then, it was the subtle balance between vine and terroir that we can thank for the fact that despite this year's harvest being deprived of water and subjected to four separate heatwaves, it came through unscathed. This balance can be perceived in the musts which, by all accounts, have good degrees of potential alcohol. The wines are revealing quality, with nice concentration and fine balance. And it's a surprising vintage because although the weather was very hot, the wines are vivacious and offer aromas of fresh fruit; the promise of good things to come.
The whites are rounded, smooth, and complex. They are rich and very expressive, with fruity aromas. They are present without being overbearing. In the mouth, notes of fresh fruit and beautiful balance preserve the freshness.
The reds are just embarking on the ageing process, and are showing lovely color, smoothness on the tongue, and good concentration. The structure is carried by soft tannins with a roundness coupled with a lovely density. They offer indulgent aromas of ripe red and black fruit.