Domaine Pierre Gelin
Chambertin Clos de Bèze
Domaine Pierre Gelin
シャンベルタン・クロ・ド・ベズ / ドメーヌ・ピエール・ジュラン
Domaine Pierre Gelin is the leading wine producer in the small village of Fixin (pronounced “Fees-an”). The family domaine was founded in 1925 by Pierre Gelin and is today in the hands of Pierre’s grandson, Pierre-Emmanuel. Pierre-Emmanuel farms organically and works to minimize the impact on the environment in both vineyard and cellar.
The family owns 32 acres in total including parcels in five Fixin premier crus and the monopole of Clos Napoléon. In 1961 Pierre also purchased vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin including the monopole Clos de Meixvelle, Clos Prieur 1er cru, and the Grand Cru Clos de Bèze.
Chambertin-Clos de Bèze is said to have been named in 630 CE after it became the property of the Abbey of Bèze. It is, in effect, an extension of Chambertin. Clos de Bèze may be sold as Chambertin but wine from Chambertin proper may not be sold as Clos de Bèze. The differences between the two vineyards is subtle. Clos de Bèze is exposed a bit more to the east and receives slightly more sun and ripens slightly earlier. Both Grand Crus drain well and sit on a bed of limestone.
Tasting notes byLaurent Michelet « Burgundia Œnologie »
Harvested on September 18th, grapes in perfect health, vatted for 19 days with pigeage twice a day.
Aged for 22 months in oak barrels. (50% of new barrels).
Intense garnet red colour.
The nose is powerful, racy, dominated by woody notes today.
The undertaste of spicy notes (vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg) and wild flowers (brambles) is still discreet.
A hint of mild tobacco rounds out this superb bouquet.
The mouth shows the same power. Its explosive and racy attack evolves into a crescendo and a definite rise in power.
The mineral texture adds a solid underpinning to this feisty wine.
This great wine of the terroir (the oldest identified in Burgundy) is currently bound in the oak tannins, and is likely to stay that way for a while.
Its own tannins respond to this domination with a sapidity that is almost saline.
The wine mellows in the finish, giving a glimpse of its future potential when it matures.
Good flavoursome length with simultaneous masculine (musk) and fruity (cherries in kirsch or eau-de-vie) impressions.
95 points Wine Spectator
Outer quote mark Though packed with cherry and black currant fruit, this red is impenetrable and cloaked in spicy oak.
With air, the mineral core emerges and builds to a long finish.
In time, all the elements will come together. Best from 2024 through 2042. Inner quote mark (5/2018)
93 points Allen Meadows - Burghound
Outer quote mark A highly spiced nose features notes of cassis, plum, warm earth and a hint of the sauvage that complements well the ripe,
mouth coating and delicious medium-bodied flavors that possess excellent length on the mineral-inflected and beautifully well-balanced finish.
This is really quite stylish and delivers both elegance and power plus it should age well. Inner quote mark (1/2018)