Domaine Lignier-Michelot Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée Bertin
The Domaine Lignier-Michelot Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée Bertin is a village Gevrey-Chambertin of impressive quality. Third generation winemaker Virgile Lignier takes advantage of his impressive familial holdings, and uses a thoughtful approach. Grapes are farmed organically, and all Lignier-Michelot wines are crafted, with care and in harmony with the lunar cycle.
Domaine Lignier-Michelot’s Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée Bertin draws predominantly from parcels in Les Seuvrees, planted back in 1969; an incredible lieu-dit that borders the Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin. The balance comes from Les Murots. Vintage on vintage, Lignier has increased the amount of whole-bunch in this cuvée to best express the outstanding terroir.
On the palate, expect juicy red cherries, violet, earth and herbs. A spritely and energetic red with an underlying richness and complexity.
“For fifteen years the Emperor [Napoleon] constantly drank the same wine [Gevrey-Chambertin] , which he liked and which we believed was good for him."
Mémorial de Sainte-Hélène by The Count of Las Cases
Gevrey-Chambertin is the largest wine-producing village in the entire Côte d’Or with the wines typically deeper in colour, with more tannin structure and firmer in body than most red Burgundy. Thanks to the iron-rich clay soils the very best can develop into the richest, biggest and long-lived Pinot Noir - this of course depends on whether the vineyard is located on the steeper slopes or the flatter, richer soils.
Gevrey boasts an impressive nine Grands Crus, with the name of Chambertin retaining a regal omnipresence throughout its finest vineyard names. Chambertin-Clos de Bèze which has the right to sell its wines simply as ‘Chambertin’, and is also the only wine allowed to put the ‘Chambertin’ before (rather than after its own), is considered one of the greats. Quality-wise the next best is generally acknowledged to be Mazis-Chambertin with incredibly concentrated and fine wines, but a little less firm than Le Chambertin. The tiny Griottes-Chambertin, which owes its name to the grill-pan shape of the vineyard rather than the wine’s griotte (sour) cherry aroma, is lower down the slope and boasts a velvety texture and rich fruit reminiscent of Chambertin itself. Gevrey’s largest Grand Cru, Charmes-Chambertin is pure and seductive.
The wines of Gevrey-Chambertin are deeply colored. They have intense aromas of currants and other small red and black fruits, animal notes of musk and fur, and often a touch of licorice after some bottle aging. They are powerful, with balanced tannins, a soft mouthfeel and good acidity. These are generally robust wines.