Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru Les Combottes
The Beaumont family’s wine growing activity stretches back seven generations. In 1991, Thierry took over the family domaine in Morey-Saint-Denis, creating the “Domaine des Beaumont” name, exclusive to the family. They originally sold their entire harvest to négociants. Thierry only switched to selling wine in bottles in 1999, making a significant investment in facilities and professional equipment enabling the domaine to produce very fine, expressive, deep and powerful red wines. The vineyards, cover nearly 6 hectares and include (besides the Pinot Noir of course) a rare white Morey-Saint-Denis (Chardonnay) since 2004. Managed according to sustainable viticulture principles, they extend over the villages of Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny and include superb Grand Cru parcels (Charmes Chambertin and Mazoyères Chambertin since 2014) and Premier Cru parcels (Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru “Les Combottes’, the only Burgundy Premier Cru totally surrounded by 3 Grands Crus). The domaine’s overall production is in the range of 25-30,000 bottles.
100% old vine Pinot Noir. Sixty five years old vines located at the south entrance of Gevrey Chambertin, on a south exposed hillslope. The base soil is limestone with gravels, on a light brown topsoil layer, that gets warm easily. Les Combottes is sourrounded by 2 Grands Crus (Latricières Chambertin in Gevrey and Clos de la Roche in Morey St Denis). Hand harvested. Destemmed. Pre-cold fermentation for a few days. Indigenous yeast. Three week maceration in open concrete vats. Aged 12 months in French oak barrel (60% new). Unfiltered.
Needs to be decanted. Intense flavours of red berries (blackcurrant, cherry, wild stawberry). Complex bouquet, very expressive and powerful nose, licorice, deep red fruits. Powerful and rich, as well as velvet in the mouth, remarkable balance, melted tannins, deep and long, meaty, very generous.