2018 Domaine Gerard Seguin Gevrey Chambertin Les Cras 750ml
Gevrey Chambertin “Les Crais” 2018: 100% barrel (40% new oak). 70-year-old vines. Domaine based in Gevrey Chambertin. This vineyard is located on the lower slope of Gevrey next to “La Justice”. For me this was their top Gevrey made in 2018 and bought as much as possible. Great color; powerful and intense nose of black fruits, exotic spice, tanned leather and sweet oak; jam-packed with fruit on the palate, lush and velvety, rose petal, and tea leaf flavors add to the complexity. Texturally this wine is quite elegant and the tannin are quite velvety giving this wine both purity and harmony.The finish is direct and clean, always on the pure, succulent fruit.
The domaine can trace its roots back to the mid 1800’s where Alexis Seguin was a winemaker in Gevrey Chambertin as well as an expert in grafting vines. The phylloxera crisis allowed him to showcase his talents and was one of the first and certainly a pioneer in Burgundy grafting the vines to American rootstock to fight the disease. Numerous awards for grafting vines were attributed to Alexis in the late 1800’s. Today this small family domaine owns 6.5 hectares, 4.5 are in Gevrey and Gevrey 1er Cru vineyards. The remaining sites are spread between Chambolle, Fixin and Marsannay. The wines made here show breed and class. There is a reason for such a high concentration of Grand Cru and Premier Cru vineyards in and around the borders of Gevrey. The grapes go through a few days of cold maceration and fermented with natural yeast. The use of new oak is slight to preserve the authenticity of the individual parcel’s terroir.
Size: 6.5 Hectares
Soil: clay, limestone (calcaire)
Grapes: Pinot Noir