Bourgogne and its appellations

Gevrey-Chambertin

  • Category

    Village appellation

  • Wine-producing region

    VIGNOBLE DE LA CÔTE DE NUITS

  • Coulour

    Red wines exclusively - Pinot Noir.

  • Area under production*:
    1 hectare (ha) = 10,000 m² = 24 ouvrées.
    408.44 ha (including 80.37 ha Premier Cru).

    * In 2018

  • Appellation Village of the Côte de Nuits region (Côte-d’Or).
    This appellation includes 26 Premiers Crus Climats.
    Producing communes: Gevrey-Chambertin, Brochon.
    The commune of Gevrey-Chambertin also produces 9 appellations Grands Crus (see Appellation sheets N°25).
    On the label, the appellations GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN and GEVREYCHAMBERTIN PREMIER CRU may be followed by the name of the Climat of origin.
     

Wine Characteristics - Gevrey-Chambertin

Wine
Characteristics


In the first flush of youth their color is a bright ruby, turning to deep carmine or dark cerise with age. Strawberry, mulberry, violet, mignonette, and rose all help to make up their bouquet of spontaneous aromas. More maturity brings out liquorices, leather and fur, with gamey notes and hints of underbrush. On the palate, they impress by their firm structure, velvety tannins and delicate texture. These wines are everything a great Bourgogne should be: fullbodied, powerful, rich, and meaty. They have both body and spirit. Pleasant when drunk young “on the fruit”, they are nevertheless first and foremost wines for aging, often for long periods. As such, they make an excellent basis for comparing different vintages.

Wine Steward’s Tip - Gevrey-Chambertin

Wine
Steward’s Tip

Massive, yet velvet-smooth, the tannins of Gevrey-Chambertin confer power and solidity to the build and contribute to its great longevity. This is a wine for meat-eater, its gamey notes giving it a particular affinity for game, whether furred or feathered, especially when the wine is more fully evolved.
It also goes superbly with rib steak, lamb (braised or in brown sauce), and all musky, solidly fibrous meats, that need time in the mouth to extract all their savour. Some gourmets will even serve it with a fillet of pikeperch or tuna in red-wine sauce. It is at ease with all strong cow-milk cheeses, in particular Époisses, Ami du Chambertin (a local specialty) or Cîteaux (a near neighbour).
Serving temperature: 15 to 16°C.
 

Situation - Gevrey-Chambertin

Situation

For travellers coming from Dijon, Gevrey-Chambertin is where Bourgogne’s Elysian Fields begin. At the entrance to the hollowed hill of Lavaux, a château - once a property of the monks of Cluny - resembles a fortified wine-cellar.
The canons of Langres, too, were for a long time guardians of these vineyards which can be dated back to the year 640 AD, evidence of a long and intimate involvement in the history of Bourgogne’s wine industry. Gevrey-Chambertin forms a kind of guard of honour to a set of fabulous Grands Crus whose crown jewels are Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. The appellation dates from September 1936. The village of Brochon is an extension of Gevrey-Chambertin, sharing the same characteristics. The Pinot Noir is at its peak performance here.
 

Terroirs - Gevrey-Chambertin

Terroirs


The Premiers Crus occupy the upper portion of the Côte at heights of between 280 and 380 metres (brown limestone soils, rather shallow). Below are the appellation Village vines on brown calcic or limey soils. The vines also reap the benefit of marls covered with screes and red silt washed down from the plateau.
These stony mixtures confer elegance and delicacy on the wine while the clayey marls, which contain rich deposits of fossil shell-fish, add body and firmness.
Exposures vary from east to south-east.

The Gevrey-Chambertin appellation investigated trough its geology and geography

 

The Gevrey-Chambertin appellation seen by Grégory Patriat

 

The Gevrey-Chambertin appellation seen by Nicolas Rossignol

List of "Climats et Lieux-dits"
for this appellation

"Climats" classified as 1er Cru

Au CloseauAux CombottesBel AirChampeauxChamponnet CherbaudesClos des VaroillesClos du ChapitreClos Prieur Clos Saint-JacquesCombe au MoineCraipillot En Ergot Estournelles-Saint-JacquesFonteny IssartsLa BossièreLa PerrièreLa RomanéeLavaut Saint-JacquesLes CazetiersLes CorbeauxLes GoulotsPetite ChapellePetits CazetiersPoissenot

Lieux-dits

Au PrunierAu VelléAux CorvéesAux EchezeauxAux EteloisBaraquesBillardCarougeotChampChamp FrancChamperrier du BasChamperrier du DessusChamps-ChenysCharreuxChazièreChéseauxClos Prieur-BasCombe de LavauxCombes du BasCombes du DessusCraite-PailleCreux BrouillardCroix des ChampsEn ChampsEn DéréeEn PalludEn SongeEn VosneEs MurotsGrandes RayesGrands ChampsJouiseLa BossièreLa BrunelleLa BurieLa JusticeLa MarieLa NouroyLa PlatièreLe Carré RougeaudLe CréotLe FourneauLes CercueilsLes Champs PerriersLes CraisLes CroisettesLes EpointuresLes EvocellesLes GueulepinesLes Jeunes RoisLes JournauxLes MarchaisLes SeuvréesMeix des OuchesMeix-BasMévellePince-VinPressonnierPuits de la BaraqueReniardRoncevieSylvieTamisotVignes BellesVillage
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