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A serious and weighty wine with crunchy raspberry fruit, well integrated spicy oak, fresh acidity and fine-grained, ripe tannins. This is a domaine with a growing reputation, which we believe is improving with each passing vintage. Manou Humbert is producing stylish, serious wines which will age well.
The stony grand cru vineyard delivers a beautifully delicate and enchanting wine, all silky black fruit and rich, chocolatey texture with a very long finish and incredibly well-integrated tannins.
Nicolas Potel believes that Gevrey-Chambertin was the best performing village in 2009 and his 1er Cru Lavaux St-Jacques shows attractive dark cherry fruit with great balance and fine tannins. Plenty of spicy oak brings extra complexity to the wine.
This is impressively statured with lush textured fruit constrained by a surround of fine tannin. The Mortet style of density, finesse and minerality is evident in this seriously good villages wine.
This wine comes from very old vines: 80 years on average! It is this estate's most delicate and feminine premier cru. The nose is beguiling, with a great complexity: red fruits, but also some lavender and a hint of truffly savoury character. This flavour profile follows onto the palate and the texture is simply great: fresh acidity and fine but firm tannins.
This wine is blended from three parcels, from vines that are 50 years old on average. The very pure nose of crushed raspberries and violets follows onto a palate with an excellent tannic structure and soft, juicy fruit. This represents great value for money.
Nicolas Potel achieved perfect balance with this superlative wine: every component is equally big and impressive, from the very tight and ripe tannic structure to the mid-palate of dark cherries with a rich chocolatey edge and finally to the spicy and incredibly long finish. This wine certainly deserves its Grand Cru status.
Many commentators regard Le Chambertin as the king of red Burgundy and it is easy to see why: the depth and power are astonishing. Whilst still quite brooding on the nose, the big, sexy, rich chocolatey palate rewards instantly - the only reason to wait for it is the thought of just how much more this will give when it is out of its infancy. The long, spicy finish lingers for an eternity - which is roughly how long this wine will gracefully age!
The topsoil in La Petite Chapelle is only about 20 cm deep, so the 40 year-old vines are rooted deeply into the bedrock, which leads to a lot of minerality on the wine, especially on the finish. The tannins are beautifully ripe and soft and the wine is best described as fresh and juicy with a fine backbone of acidity.
The 70-80-year-old vines provide intense concentration of flavour. Wonderful peppered strawberries combine with a voluptuous creaminess, remaining alive and fresh with cracking acidity, reflecting the sheer quality of this fantastic vintage with the Mortet house style.
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