Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin Combes aux Moines Premier Cru 2002 Front Label
Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin Combes aux Moines Premier Cru 2002 Front Label

Rene Leclerc Gevrey Chambertin Combes aux Moines Premier Cru 2002

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Combes aux Moines translates roughly as “Gorge of the Monks” and refers to an area where the monks apparently ventured to meet with ladies from surrounding villages. Vine age of 60 year. Wine is aged completely in old oak. The wine is deep and rich, with wonderful color and depth of fruit, shaded with herb, great texture and balance in the mouth.

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Clearly bigger and richer than the Lavaut if not as elegant with sweet, round, delicious, intensely earthy flavors that are blessed with plenty of old vine sap and intensity. I very much like this and the complexity is already developing well. It's a high class choice between slightly better depth here or the superior elegance of the Lavaut; the good news is that there is no wrong answer!
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Rene Leclerc

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Rene Leclerc, France
René Leclerc and his brother Philippe are two of Gevrey's most conspicuous 'characters', and reviewers often spend more time discussing their looks and habits than their wines. The fact of the matter is that René is a true Burgundy vigneron in the finest sense of the word, a man who spends more time outdoors than in the laboratory or in the cooperage. He knows his vines intimately, and devotes his energies to producing the best and most authentic fruit from a series of well-located vineyards. Vinifications are traditional, because fancy winemaking techniques are not needed when one has top quality grapes.

The result is a range of rich, terroir-driven reds, unmistakably Gevrey-Chambertin in both flavour and style. Each vineyard bottling displays the subtle nuances that differentiate one 'cru' from another. New oak is used more than before, but never so much as to mask these complexities. Both Robert Parker and Pierre-Antoine Rovani (Parker's nominated Burgundy expert) have lavished praise on this domaine, which is now rated among the very best in the important village of Gevrey-Chambertin.

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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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Thin-skinned, finicky and temperamental, Pinot Noir is also one of the most rewarding grapes to grow and remains a labor of love for some of the greatest vignerons in Burgundy. Fairly adaptable but highly reflective of the environment in which it is grown, Pinot Noir prefers a cool climate and requires low yields to achieve high quality. Outside of France, outstanding examples come from in Oregon, California and throughout specific locations in wine-producing world. Somm Secret—André Tchelistcheff, California’s most influential post-Prohibition winemaker decidedly stayed away from the grape, claiming “God made Cabernet. The Devil made Pinot Noir.”

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