2012 Gevrey Chambertin Domaine Sylvie Esmonin

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Average critic rating : 90.75 points



Reduction. The earthy and very serious medium weight flavors are shaped by ripe and moderately firm tannins before terminating in a velvety and mouth coating finish. This balanced effort should drink well young but age well too over the medium-term. Tasted: Jan 15, 2014. Drink: 2018+



The 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin Village comes from particularly stony soils from a numerous parcels around the village. It includes 30% whole cluster and it is raised in just 10% new oak. It boasts a mineral-rich bouquet with black plum and cold stone aromas that are very focused and taut. The terroir is expressed extremely well here. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannins, crisp black fruit mixed with cassis and a touch of blackcurrant pastille that skip blithely towards a very elegant finish. Superb. ||If you love Burgundy then Sylvie Esmonin has the ultimate back garden. I mean, imagine opening your back door and walking straight into Clos Saint Jacques. Sylvie’s parcel, one of five lucky enough to own vines in Gevrey-Chambertin’s greatest premier cru (all reviewed in this report incidentally) is part of her 7.80-hectares of vineyards, although like many other growers her Bourgogne Rouge and Volnay Santenots were both reduced down to a measly one barrel. Sylvie spoke with intense, infectious passion about her wines and her 2012s despite the depleted quantities. In 2012, she commenced picking on 24 September and finished around one week later. Sylvie has been practicing with whole cluster fermentation from 2000 and it is no different this year (see tasting notes for exact percentages.) She told me that she has a particularly cold cellar that meant that malo-lactic fermentations were very late – which suited her fine. She will make two rackings, one just after the malo-lactic and a second will be one month prior to bottling, though she is considering a third. Despite having to peer through a bit of reduction in the barrel samples, I adored her 2012s that stylistically reminded me of Trapet’s: cerebral wines, quite tannic, very linear, every atom imbued with freshness and tension, perhaps uncompromising wines that express their respective terroirs. This comes as no surprise given that she applies biodynamic practices in her vineyard, though perhaps she is less dogmatic than Jean-Louis. eRobertParker.com.December, 2013


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