2008 Vieilles Vignes Domaine Christophe Perrot-Minot

Grapes Pinot Noir
Colour Red
Origin France, Burgundy
District Côte d'Or
Sub-district Côte de Nuits
Village Gevrey Chambertin
ABV 13%
Vineyard Mazoyères Chambertin

A discreet application of wood allows the less elegant but more complex nose ripe dark berry and black raspberry fruit aromas that also possess plenty of Gevrey character merge into rich, full and very generous sweet and textured medium full-bodied flavors that deliver plenty of punch and outstanding length. While presently very approachable, there is a firmer core of buried tannins supporting the tautly muscular mid-palate that will probably cause this to close up once in bottle.
92 - 94/100

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Cedar, resin, licorice, cardamom, blackberry, and plum paste in the nose of Perrot-Minot’s 2008 Mazoyeres-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes migrate onto a palpably extract- and tannin-rich (albeit fine-grained) palate, accompanied by deep richness of beef stock. The juicy, tart yet ripe fresh fruit edge keeps this from becoming austere, as medicinal herbal extractions, iodine, peat, and crushed stone saturate the palate and leave your mouth a quiver but practically exhausted. This take-no-prisoners expression of its site should be at least a 15-20 year keeper. (June 2010)

Dark red-ruby. Deep aromas of black raspberry, animal fur and game; this smells powerful! Then sweet, silky and very ripe, with terrific grip and verve-not to mention peppery lift-to the black raspberry and spice flavors. This very complex but youthfully reticent wine build inexorably on the back end, ultimately showing explosive fruit on the finish. Perrot-Minot picked until October 7, noting that the top sites in Gevrey-Chambertin came in at the end.


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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