Notes de dégustation - Millésime 2020
Gevrey Chambertin 'Dix Climats'
reduction at first but blows off quickly, leaving pure and brambly fruit
with a distinctly Gevrey 'wild' edge. Gains in purity in the glass,
with air, and develops a black cherry note. Sleek and quite spherical
on the palate, it's clearly the best vintage of this cuvee I've ever tasted
at this stage. Tannins are silky and reach to the back of the palate.
Not complex but juicy, fruit-led and pure with lovely clean lines and
a gentle freshness. Surprisingly persistent finish.
89-91pts - Matthew Hemming MW
Equally ripe and fresh aromas are comprised by notes of poached plum, violet and a discreet but perceptible touch of wood. The bright, vibrant and delicious medium weight flavors possess solid density while offering just a bit more overall depth and persistence.
89/91pts - Allen Meadows
Gevrey Chambertin 'En Combes'
is more expressive than the En Champs with some spice and classic ferrous
notes of Gevrey. As before, it doesn't best respond to swirling and
is better left alone to blossom in the glass. As would be expected of
the higher altitude vineyards, there is a crisper line of acid and it has
much more of a structural spine. This gives impressive energy through
the core, especially for a village wine. Some floral and blossom
notes - peonies - alongside red berry fruit. Fans out with spicy
characters on the back palate. This has lots to offer and is solidly
at 1er Cru level.
90-93pts - Matthew Hemming MW
This is aromatically quite similar to the En Champs though with even more floral influence and a subtle touch of wood. There is fine density to the appealingly textured flavors that exude a bracing salinity on the more complex finale. Lovely.
89/91 - Allen Meadows - 'Outstanding'
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Au Closeau
nose reflects notes of red currant, wild blackberry, and plenty of floral
wisps. Here too the mouthfeel of the medium weight flavors is relatively
refined with good vibrancy that carries over to the slightly more
complex and persistent finish.
89/92 - Allen Meadows - 'Outstanding'
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Oak spice, dark toned fruits and floral qualities here all in a fleshy, juicy, ripe package. You can sense the energy of this wine from the nose alone. It is large-scaled on the palate and has immediate drama and volume but balanced by sufficient acidity to be fresh and vivid. The tannins of Clos Vougeot are impressively tamed and fine, although you certainly feel their presence. It is scented through the mid-palate with notes of violets, spice and musky red berries. The finish has a classic black pepper note. This really demonstrates why there's such enthusiasm for Clos Vougeot in 2020 and bursts with energy throughout its line.
92-95pts - Matthew Hemming MW
No stems. A significant, dense purple black colour. Lush raspberry and sun-dried cherries, the signature of the vintage. Sturdy and weighty, the tannic structure offers some relief which will help this wine come together later on in life. Some peaches in the fruit mix too.
92-95pts - Jasper Morris MW
Bonnes Mares Grand Cru
bunch vinification 80% new wood, and a yield of just 24 hl/ha. Dark dense
purple, this is clearly one of the ripe wines though somewhat saved by the
whole bunches which give greater life to the sundried cherry fruit. Very
succulent through the second half of the palate, though at the limit of
ripeness. The whole bunches pull out the length very nicely and it finishes
93-96pts - Jasper Morris MW
Chambertin Clos de Beze Grand Cru
after minutes in the glass this remains closed and brooding, giving nothing
away. Markedly savoury, dry and muscular on the palate. This is
giving no quarter. Shows Grand Cru volume and structure but all the
tannins are grape, rather than wood, tannins. Whilst everything about
this wine is tightly wound and high-tensile, the mid-palate hints at layers
of savoury depth within. It's complex and there's a sense of energy
too. Much more mineral than the other 2020s in the range and finishes
with piling tannins.
93-95pts - Matthew Hemming MW
30% whole bunch vinification, and aged in 100% new wood. Dark intense purple. This has the most interesting nose to date of the grands crus because the least lush. More volume of fruit across the palate, less lush and more juicy, with a precision too. Tannins in balance, with just a hint of phenols at the finish.
94-96pts - Jasper Morris MW