2008 1er Cru Les Perrières Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Gevrey Chambertin
Classification 1er Cru
ABV 13%
Vineyard Les Perrières

Lightly-cooked dark cherry, resin, violet perfume, and well-hung game scent Perrot-Minot’s 2008 Gevrey-Chambertin Les Perrieres Vieilles Vignes, which I was surprised to find him serving after wines with the pedigree and track record of his Beaux-Monts and Champ-Perdrix. Cherry pit bitterness and leather mingle with dark berries, game, and a garrigue-like suggestion of resinous scrub. There is a rather Rhone-like aura about this as well as – to my nose and palate – an intimation of brett. The tannins generate a faintly dry spot in a finish that is, however, undeniably persistent, complex, and strikingly animal. I would cellar this cautiously, and would not attempt a long-term prognosis without re-visiting the wine in 2-3 years. I also allow for this wine having been in bottle only three weeks when I tasted it. (June 2010)

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Christophe Perrot-Minot is now the fourth generation of his family producing wine on the estate after his great grandfather Amédée Merme devoted himself to the management and production of wine over 130 years ago. The estate has gone from strength to strength – always keeping the highest standards. Integrated viticulture has been practiced for many years now which has been adapted especially for the terroir. No herbicide or chemical fertilizer is used, instead, Christophe prefers to “stand back and listen to this terroir, only intervening when necessary or when the weather requires it, never systematically.” Visit Website

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