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Superb 2015 Gevrey-Chambertin from Gallois and Leclerc
March 20, 2017
A Note from Sergio

Last Thursday, I devoted the eLetter to the 2015 Burgundies from Château de la Maltroye. Today, I'm turning it over to the superb Gevrey-Chambertin wines of Domaine Gallois and Domaine René Leclerc. Never before have I chosen to run two back-to-back eLetters that featured only French wines--and not even a single Italian wine--but the 2015 vintage of red Burgundies is just that compelling. I don't want to take the chance that my clients could miss out.

Domaine Gallois is exactly the kind of estate I love: it's small, family owned, incredibly earnest, and it makes extraordinarily good wines that are under the radar of many wine-lovers and below the price point of most other producers. Domaine René Leclerc is a bit bigger and a bit better known, but like Gallois, it's family owned, and its winemakers, Philippe Leclerc and his dad, René, are devoted to making wines that are traditional and delicious. I've picked four Gevrey-Chambertin wines from each of these estates, and you who love that Burgundy appellation will want them all.


Today's Featured Sections Include:

1. Spotlight on Excellence:
Eight Beautiful Benchmark Burgundies from Gallois and LeClerc
2. Wine Events: Upcoming March / April Wine Tasting Events

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Domaine Gallois Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2015 750ml
Domaine Gallois Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2015 750ml
Price: $76.99

Juicy red and blue fruits, sun-warmed earth, baking spices, blue wildflowers, and underbrush burst from the glass in this beautifully structured, approachable ’15 Gevrey-Chambertin. Crafted from 14 parcels located primarily south of the village of Gevrey, this wine derives from vines averaging nearly 45 years, with some as old as 80, fermented with some whole clusters. Drinking incredibly well for a village-level wine, this ’15 Gevrey-Chambertin is caressing and balanced, and it offers a long, lingering finish. It’s in a great place now to enjoy while you wait for your premier and grand crus to age; fewer than 800 cases made. more info
Domaine Rene Leclerc Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 750ml
Rene LeClerc Griotte Chambertin Grand Cru 2016 750ml
Price: $249.99

Smooth, intense, and sneakily powerful, Leclerc’s ’16 Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru marries density with finesse. Sweet red and blue fruits dance upon a foundation of underbrush, cigar wrapper, peppery spices and a touch of game in this finessed wine. Fleshy fruit finds its balance with smoky minerals, while chewy tannins are offset by lovely, elegant acidity--this is one seductive, textured, silky Burgundy! This wine derives from 40-year-old vines grown in a perfectly situated six-acre vineyard set on the steep east-facing slope of the Combe de Lavaux situated on either side of the famous Clos-Saint-Jacques; the Griottes vineyard shows thin topsoil on top of chalk and pebbles, which imparts a mineral piquancy to the wine. Grapes ferment with natural yeasts in stainless steel, and the wine ages for about a year in French oak, about half new. more info