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Philippe Livera Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Village 2015

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(40% new oak; from vines on rocky soil just across from the house and winery in the middle of the village): Dark ruby-red. Very reticent but pure scents of purple fruits, minerals and licorice; an essence of Gevrey-Chambertin. Sharply delineated, extremely tight and primary, but also with exceptional fullness for village wine. These 2015s are all fruit bombs but this one boasts terrific chalky minerality to go with its gras. The rising, very long finish features serious tannins that will require serious aging. A portion of these vines dates back to 1934. Another outstanding village wine.
Barrel Sample: 91-93
W&S 92
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Damien Livera farms 70-year-old vines at this lieu-dit right beside his cellar. That cellar is particularly cold, allowing the wine to develop slowly into a gripping and powerful Gevrey. The intensity of the black-cherry concentration is more than matched by the mineral power, the terroir coming through in a resonant iron-like vibration. A wine that performs far above its village level, this is structured to age.
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The Livera family makes "old world" Burgundies that are earthy, pure and incredibly complex.

Now Philippe's son Damien has taken a more active role in the domaine, starting with the family's exemplary older-vine vineyards.

Chez Livera everything is done by hand—pruning, tilling and harvesting—but now the hands are four instead of just two. Livera owns one of the coldest cellars and malolactic fermentations there are agonizingly slow, resulting in wines with the utmost in depth and complexity.

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This small village is home to the Grands Crus in the farthest northerly stretches of Côte de Nuits and is famous for some of the deepest and firmest Burgundian Pinot noir.

Gevrey boasts nine Grands Crus, the best of which are arguably Le Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. As with all of the fragmented vineyards of Burgundy, it isn’t easy to differentiate between the two, which are situated adjacent with Clos de Bèze slightly further up the hill than Le Chambertin. Clos de Bèze has a shallower soil and if you’re really counting, may produce wines less intense but more likely to charm. Some compare Le Chambertin in both power and plentitude only to the prized Romanée-Conti Grand Cru farther south in Vosne-Romanée.

Two other Grands Crus vineyards, Mazis-Chambertin (also written Mazy-) and Latricières-Chambertin command almost as much regard as Le Chambertin and Chambertin-Clos de Bèze. The upper part of Mazy, called Les Mazis Haut is the best and Latricières-Chambertin offers an abundance of juicy fruit and a silky texture in the warmer vintages.

Other Grands Crus are Ruchottes-Chambertin, Charmes-Chambertin, Mazoyères-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin and Chapelle-Chambertin.

The most respected Pinot noir wines from Gevrey-Chambertin are robust and powerful but at the same time, velvety and expressive: black fruit, black liquorice and chocolate come into play. After some time in the bottle, the wines are harmonious with bright and sometimes candied fruit, and aromas of musk, truffle and forest floor. These have staying power.

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