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2015 Domaine Humbert Freres Gevrey Chambertin Vieilles VignesPinot Noir from France

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"Emmanuel and Frédéric Humbert are the fourth generation of vignerons to tend this family estate. They took over the domaine from their parents in 1989 and since then they have...

  • 89-91 Allen Meadows - Burghound
  • 89-91 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media
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89-91

"Outstanding. Generous but not dominant wood fights a bit with the fresh and ripe dark currant, earth and game nuances. The bold and robust medium-bodied flavors possess good power and plenty of punch yet interestingly the mouth coating finish is not really rustic as the tannins are relatively fine-grained. While a bit woody this is really quite a good Gevrey villages with excellent underlying material.

50% of the blend comes from Les Marchais and the rest from a wide range of other lieux-dits from everywhere in Gevrey"

89-91 Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

"Emmanuel Humbert makes precise, highly aromatic wines from fruit harvested early. “Pinot for me needs good acidity,” he explained in December, adding that he’d much rather retain freshness and lightly chaptalize his musts than harvest too late. He picked from September 3 through 10 in 2015, with grape sugars ranging from 11.5% to 12.5% and yields of only 30 to 35 hectoliters per hectare, down 30% from a normal year. Humbert told me he’s doing fewer and fewer pigeages in order to avoid getting dry tannins and he continues to rack his wines in the spring, before the malolactic fermentations finish, “to protect freshness.”

(made from 15 parcels, half of them in Les Marchais next to his house and just across the road from Lavaux-Saint-Jacques; these mostly very old vines yield a more mineral, longer-aging style than sandier vineyards at lower altitude, says Emmanuel Humbert; 60% new oak)

Good dark red. Cassis, black cherry and violet scents struck me as almost Cabernet-like. Then plush and sweet in the middle, with the dark berry flavors complicated by violet and bitter chocolate nuances. Shows the added richness of the 2015 vintage, but finishes with a firm tannic spine that will require some time in bottle."

Product Description:

"Emmanuel and Frédéric Humbert are the fourth generation of vignerons to tend this family estate. They took over the domaine from their parents in 1989 and since then they have been quietly and steadily improving the quality of their wine. Today they produce wines which reflect their dedicated effort and experience of the past 12 vintages. Emmanuel is the dynamic force behind this domaine: he is a thoughtful and passionate man with a great love for wine, food and rugby. Frédéric is shier and more reserved. The Humbert Brothers are well connected in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, where they can count on a wealth of accumulated winemaking experience from their relations and family friends. They taste regularly with their cousin Bernard DUGAT-PY and with Pierre DAMOY and Philippe CHARLOPIN." -Importer

Product Detail

Item # 101645
Country France
Region Burgundy
Sub-Region Gevrey Chambertin
Ratings

89-91 - Allen Meadows - Burghound

89-91 - Stephen Tanzer - Vinous Media

Vintage 2015
Color Red
ABV 13.5%
Varietal(s) Pinot Noir
Size 750 mL
Closure Cork
Features
Taste ripe cherry, plum, strawberry, raspberry and mushroom
Nose barnyard, cherry, plum, game and tomato