2017 Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin

Year: 2017
Appellation: Cote de Nuits
Country: France
Wine Advocate: 90
Vinous Media: 89-91
Burghound: 87-89
Red Wine
Alcohol by Volume: 12.0%
Price :
$119.95

"Tasted from bottle, the 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Village is a pretty and immensely charming wine bursting with aromas of cherries, raspberries, bergamot and rose petals, with little hint of the savory complexity to come with bottle age. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, supple and succulent, with lively acids, appealing purity of fruit and a precise finish.

As I reported last year, a generational transition—Claude having handed the reins over to son Bertrand and daughters Laetitia and Jeanne—has been discreetly realized at Domaine Claude Dugat, and this tasting of the 2018s from barrel, as well as some bottled 2017s, revealed that the wines are as great as ever. The family's meticulous viticulture and enviable patrimony of old, sélection massale vines remain unchanged, but there have been subtle stylistic evolutions. Picking is a little earlier, the wines are no longer chaptalized, and the use of new oak is a touch more restrained—but above all, simply better integrated, with François Frères supplying barrels that seem to harmonize much more discreetly with the wines raised in them than was sometimes the case in yesteryear. That was a recipe for success in 2018, and Bertrand Dugat picked early, producing lively but concentrated wines, only a couple of which exceed 13% alcohol. The combination of aromatic fireworks with lively fruit tones, exquisitely refined tannins and superb depth that I found in the Dugat cellars made this an especially thrilling tasting. Readers who haven't tried the domaine's wines for a while are warmly encouraged to reacquaint themselves with what is one of the Côte de Nuit's finest addresses." (WA)

"The 2017 Gevrey-Chambertin Village, which matures in 40% new oak, has a lovely red cherry and wild strawberry bouquet that feels delicate and pure. The palate is very well balanced with a fine acidity, lightly spiced with a dash of white pepper towards the finish. It has a directness that is pleasing, a no-frills but quite delicious Village Cru in the making. Excellent. " (VM)

"A more deeply pitched nose reflects aromas of humus-inflected red and dark currant that display hints of earth and leather. The supple yet reasonably well-detailed medium weight flavors possess a lovely mouthfeel before concluding in a youthfully austere finish where a touch of wood arises." (BH)

Winery Notes:
Background:
We are very pleased to represent Claude Dugat, who is widely considered one of the top producers in all of Burgundy. The property consists of 12 hectares and ranges from Bourgogne to Griottes-Chambertin where he owns .15 hectares.

All of the vineyards are farmed organically and only fertilized once every 4 years. This is done to strain the vines and naturally produce very low yields of outstanding fruit. All of the wines are fermented and aged in barrels for up to 16 months.