Drunk October 2013, Vinoteca, London
The wine maker
Mark Haisma trained under the legendary Dr. Bailey Carrodus at Yarra Yering in Australia for a decade before moving to France in 2009. He is a new breed of micronegociants in Burgundy, buying grapes from producers in Burgundy's Gevrey-Chambertin appellation and making wine in rented space in Pierre Naigeon’s cellar.
The micronegociant model is increasingly popular for new winemakers in France with vineyard prices in Burgundy and other popular wine areas out of the reach of all except the rich, and they rarely come on to the market. In 2012, the 12th century Château de Gevrey-Chambertin and its vineyards were sold to a Chinese businessman. a gambling tycoon from Macau for an unprecedented figure of 8 million euros ($10 million).
This Gevrey Chambertin Pinot Noir shows many of the classic expressions of wine from this part of Burgundy. Somewhat robust for a Pinot and strong strawberry, apple and spice notes. A little acidic for my taste which may be softened by a little more ageing. Pleasant but not quite to my taste.