Vintage 2013 Le Roi Chambertin par Burgundy-Report

Article presse - Novembre 2014

Tasted in Gevrey-Chambertin, 13th November 2014.

Once more, Bravo! to the Syndicat of Gevrey-Chambertin for this tasting. The format was the same as last year for the 12s, except that there  was one extra hour available for tasting - I used all - but 15 minutes of that extra hour despite starting on the dot at 15h00.

Judging by the crowd, it now seems that I'm the only taster to be present at all four of the Syndicat's tastings that began (in Beaune) with the 2010s. Oh, and I still don't understand people who head straight to the tables  with the grand crus...

Part 1 - Village wines

I began at speed, planning to make summary notes, but slowly realised the notes were beginning to sound all the same, so slowly expanded my scribbling, but still there seems a generic note - but maybe that fits well for a specific vintage...

2013 -  Drouhin-Laroze - Gevrey-Chambertin

High toned, interesting and pretty. Penetrating acidity but with good fruit to balance. Tasty !

Part 2 - Premier cru wines...

Fewer recommended wines in this section versus the "Villages” - not because of a lack of quality - rather a more uniform performance - so fewer "stand-outs”!

2013 -  Drouhin-Laroze - Gevrey-Chambertin - 1er cru Lavaut St Jacques

A deep and quite impressive nose despite a little reduction. Good sweetness, lithe, slightly hard but with lots of dimension and energy. Good wine !