Updated: Dec 1, 2019
I was leaving the underground floor of the Paradise on earth (i.e. Hedonism Wines in London), when a label attracted my eyes: Gevrey-Chambertin. After two nanoseconds, I stopped, I turned to the right, I picked the bottle, and I bought it. This nectar comes from one of the key village in the northern part of the Côte de Nuits. I am not going to repeat the name not to insult your intelligence. It is a 100% Pinot Noir from vineyards located between 240 and 280m. After the fermentation, it ages in used Allier and Nivernais oak barrels, with medium to medium-plus toast. Santé!
In the glass the wine has a lively ruby colour. The intensity is a medium. It is clear with no traces of deposits.
The aromas intensity is medium plus. Even without swirling, as soon as you get closer, your nostrils will be amazed by a ripe sour cherry fragrance. Then there is a fresh wet violet coming out. I cannot resist giving a swirl. There is a blast of succulent red fruit. The aromatic palette is really fresh, thank to a hint of blackberry leaf, a sharp note of kirsch and the spiciness of the black pepper. Looking for the secondary aromas, I can smell a bit of vanilla and an elegant cedar and a delicate toast. As tertiaries, just a bit of dried cranberry.
In the mouth, the wine is dry with a high level of acidity and medium tannins. The alcohol is medium (i.e. 12.5%), but you will fell a pleasant heat wave. The flavour intensity is medium to medium plus. The red fruits are still the predominant flavour. The wine lack a bit of complexity, despite it is already four years old. 30 minutes after the uncorking and at the third glass, I can taste on the palate the adolescent memory of a sour cherry icicle.
Without any doubt this wine is well made. It has a nice perfume, it is pure silky on the palate… but there is no complexity or evolution. Not sure I will buy it again… or actually to be fully honest with you: “col cazzo che spendo altre 46 sterle per comprarlo di nuovo “(fucking hell, I am not going to spend another £46 to buy it again!*).
Final vote: 89
Price: £46.1 at Hedonism Wines
*Even if money has never been a problem