Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes, 2015, Hervé Kerlann, Burgundy
Winemaker Hervé Kerlann describes this wine as 'an iron fist in a velvet glove'. Whilst we think the iron first analogy might be a bit too strong, it certainly delivers on the flavour front, and for anyone who likes their Pinot to pack a proverbial punch, this certainly hits the mark.
About this wine
Gevrey-Chambertin is an appellation in Burgundy which is known for producing wines with more power and oomph than in many other areas of Burgundy, whilst still retaining the elegance that keeps Pinot Noir lovers coming back for more. The grapes used in this wine are made from old vines (Vieilles Vignes) which average at around 40 years old. Wines made from older vines are favoured for their complexity and intensity, as well as for displaying a real sense of where they're grown.
This is everything you want from a Gevrey-Chambertin, and more. A velvety smooth texture invites you in, leading you to discover black fruit flavours, and then the door opens to elegance and structure from the oak ageing. This is a real treat for the senses, and certainly is more of a kiss from a rose than a hit with an iron fist.
What Makes It So Grape?
Produced in Burgundy, France
Hervé founded Maison Kerlann in 1993. Having been raised in the wine world, he now owns his own vineyards and Domaine Château de Laborde. Built over 350 years ago, the estate has undergone years of restoration in order to reach its prime potential. Vines have been planted and replanted, the old barn has been transformed into a temperature controlled wine cellar, and the stables have been converted into offices and tasting room. Despite these renovations, the Domaine has remained beautifully authentic.
The Burgundy region of France is regarded by many as the Mecca of wine production. It produces wine almost entirely from only two grape varieties: Chardonnay for white wines and Pinot Noir for red wines. Most wineries in the region own very small plots of land and individual production is tiny. Wines grown in this region are some of the most expensive wines in the world due to this tiny production and enormous global demand.