Muscly. Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest appellation of Burgundy’s Côte d’Or. And because of its clay rich soils, its wines are of a similarly grand scale. Known for power and longevity, Gevrey-Chambertin often shows dark, intense fruit and a sturdy tannic structure.
Last summer we “discovered” a fourth generation producer in Gevrey-Chambertin — Gérard Quivy’s longtime US importer had just retired, and we landed on his doorstep with perfect timing. Quivy tends his family’s old vines — many planted in the 1940s — with care and skill, and his wines are beautiful expressions of his hometown terroir.
Old-Vines. Quivy’s style is one of silkiness and elegance, which harmonizes well with Gevrey’s typical muscular fruit. His village level Gevrey-Chambertin “En Champ” comes from a small two acre plot at the north end of the appellation. The 70 year old vines turn out a deep, concentrated red burgundy that nonetheless offers an air of elegance and old-world class.
“En Champ” 2012 is beautifully expressive in the nose: notes of charcoal, toast, and graham cracker join dense jammy red fruit. The mouth is typically Gevrey: plenty of sturdy tannin alongside pleasant young briary fruit. As with Quivy’s other village level Gevrey “Journaux,” patience will be rewarded, but today this is handsome, crisp young Burgundy in unusually elegant dress.
Decant this for an hour or so, serve near room temperature, and pair with skirt steaks.
QUIVY Gevrey-Chambertin “En Champ” 2012
Ansonia Retail: $54
quarter-case : $45/bot
AVAILABLE IN 3- 6- AND 12- BOTTLE LOTS
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