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Expert Picks: La Gibryotte and George Noellat

Posted on | October 19, 2015 | Written by Camacho Vidal | No Comments

CamachoPinot Noir is France’s legendary grape and, along with Chardonnay, it’s what gives Burgundy its reputation and vice versa. Although Pinot Noir now grows in many parts of the world, the grape thrives in Burgundy, offering an exceptional ability to translate terrior, or a sense of place. Blue to violet color with a thin skin, Pinot Noir has been cultivated in France since the first century. The grape is so fickle and difficult to cultivate that leading wine critic Jancis Robinson has called it “the devil’s grape.” Pinot Noir gets its name from its appearance; when it’s on the vine, the grape clusters look like black pinecones. Pinot Noir tends to make elegant wines that are full of red fruit aromas and flavors that with time reveal a plethora of secondary characteristics such as earth, smoke, violet and truffles. They can be light body and inky in color and are among the most desirable wines in the world. This weekend I had the opportunity to pour two wines that showed how spectacular this grape varietal can be.

La Gibryotte 2012 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru (C. Dugat) $99.99

Gevrey-Chambertin lies in the Côte de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy, and this bottling from famed producer La Gibryotte comes from seventy-year-old vines. The nose is elegant—full of red fruit, spice, iron and earth. The palate is powerful with silky, fine tannins and cherry fruit on the finish, which gets some nice oak and spice lingering on the end. Drink 2018 -2035.

George Noellat ​1979 Vosne-Romanée Les Beaux Monts 1.5L $299.00

This wine has some age on it and is ready to drink. The color is leaning toward brownish brick hues and the nose is full with hints of prune, game, leather and minerality, followed by some warm cigar and spice. The tannins are silky and well integrated with the acidity lingering nicely on the finish. Drink now!

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