1996 Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques Claude Dugat

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Average critic rating : 94.0 points



This wine is significantly better than most grand crus I have tasted. It has a medium-to-dark ruby color, an incredibly dense nose of super-ripe red and black fruits, and a sublime full-bodied character. This wine is redolent with luxurious, deeply-ripe, and seamless red and black cherry fruit. It is concentrated, powerful, broad, rich, dense, structured, and complex. Anticipated maturity: 2000-2008.||What remains to be said about this wine crafted by the shy, self-effacing, and ever-smiling Claude Dugat? Well, it might be getting even better.||While still having the opulence of fruit and suppleness that have made his wines renowned throughout the world, this wine appears to have more structure. My instincts have, in the past, been that Dugat's wines were best drunk young, but this wine displays the necessary balance between fruit, acidity, and backbone for extended cellaring.||Perhaps Jean-Marc Joblot, the extremely talented Givry producer, said it best: "Claude Dugat's 1996s are the most beautiful expression of Pinot Noir I've ever had." A taster would have to be dead not to fall in love with these wines. Wine Advocate.August, 1998


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