Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St Jacques 2016, Domaine Tortochot
Case: 6 x Bottles 750ml
Drink 2021 - 2027
A Pinot Noir with a pronounced, elegant, lifted perfume of redcurrant and raspberry fruit. Superb concentration and elegance from their famously diligent triage processes in the vineyard and on the grape sorting table. This is a Burgundy for laying down, and then savouring.
About The Producer
A Producer Profile from Berry Bros & Rudd:
Barrel-chested Alain Burguet has been one of Gevrey’s most respected vignerons for a quarter of a century. He left school in 1964 to work in the vines and made his first vintage under his own name in 1972. Alain’s muscular physique could be seen in the wines he made in the 1980s, where the tannins were occasionally too firm for the fruit. His style evolved towards a gentler, fruitier style which has been continued by his sons Jean-Luc and Eric since then. Their own vineyards are all located within Gevrey-Chambertin but the range has been supplemented by one or two cuvées from purchased fruit. Eric Burguet was phlegmatic but a little downcast on our visit. The frost was bad enough (taking out 30 percent), but he also lost another 40 percent to mildew. In the end they had to abandon their organic status, just to save anything from the crop. But it was too late for their Vosne-Romanée and Clos de Bèze, of which there is none. They are now under lutte raisonnée, and wonder whether they will ever return to organic. More positively, they do, like almost everyone else, have a decent volume in 2017. The mood of the tasting did not deflect from the quality that has been salvaged by their famously diligent triage processes.