Old-Vine Gevrey-Chambertin: “Velvety, Super Rich, Outstanding”

Each town in Burgundy produces wines of a distinct character. Some are dark and brooding, others are lightweight and ethereal – but the boldest and most intense is Gevrey-Chambertin.

Our producer here is the Domaine des Varoilles, whose vineyards were first planted in the 12th century. Today their vines aren’t quite 800 years old, but they’re well over 70, and produce magnificently dense and concentrated juice.

Today we’re suggesting Varoilles’s 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru Monopole “Clos des Varoilles:” bold, muscly, and powerful – a prototypical Gevrey.

The Varoilles style is extracted and ageworthy, but this wine is already silky and seductive. Burghound called it “outstanding,” awarding 92 points and citing “spicy aromas of pungent earth, plum and underbrush.” He called it “velvety, super rich and very suave” with a “serious and powerful finish.”

Look for notes of briary black fruits, toast, smoke, earth and plum. Pair this with duck breasts and crispy potatoes – a perfect winter pairing.


Varoilles Gevrey-Chambertin
1er cru “Clos des Varoilles” 2014
bottle price: $85

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