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Bouchard Père & Fils Gevrey-Chambertin Les Cazetiers Premier Cru 2008, Burgundy, France

Drunk July 2015

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About the wine and producer

Following my recent Burgundy trip, I picked up some of this Gevrey-Chambertin from the negotiant Bouchard Père & Fils based in Beaune. 

Gevrey Chambertin is the most  northerly commune of the Côte de Nuits. There are 26 Premiers Crus and 8 Grands Crus. Half of the Premiers Crus of Gevrey are around the perimeter of the Grands Crus; the other are situated on a steep, south east facing slope to the north, with calcareous clay soils. The Cazetiers vineyard is situated on that easterly exposed slope, nearly at the same altitude of the Chambertin Grand Cru vineyards, and bordering the Clos Saint Jacques. It is considered to be one of the best Premiers Crus

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The wine

2008 in Burgundy was a difficult year for wine producers. Cool and rainy weather went on from mid-May through the end of June and after a sunny start at the beginning of July, the summer was stormy with hail and cold spells with a risk of disease. Fortunately the summer ended well with dry but windy weather.

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It was a pleasure to try this wine from the Northern most edge of Gevrey-Chambertin with the commune being known for its powerful Pinot Noir's. It had a strong berry aroma with powerful earthy blackberry, raspberry fleshy flavours with a hint of oak. There was a long finish with some spicey notes. At €70 a pop this wasn't an everyday drinker but it was a chance to experience a top quality Gevrey-Chambertin with its muscular power, decent complexity and strong aromas. 2008 wasn't the best vintage but the wine makers did a decent job.

Bought direct Bouchard Père & Fils