Harmand-Geoffroy, Gevrey-Chambertin En Jouise 2016 Bottle size: 750mlFrance, Burgundy
'A discreet application of wood sets off softly spiced and overtly earthy aromas of dark currant and underbrush. The rich and very generously proportioned medium-bodied flavors possess a succulent mid-palate before terminating in lightly mineral-inflected finish that exhibits very fine depth and length on the ever-so-mildly warm finale. While this is a bit more structured and should age well over the medium-term, it too could be enjoyed young.' – Allen Meadows, Burghound, 89/100
Notes on the producer and the 2016 vintage:
'Gérard Harmand's son Philippe has assumed full responsibility for this 9 ha domaine that owns the rarely seen 1er monopole of La Bossière. Philippe had an unexpected meeting the day of my visit and thus our tasting was briefer than usual. As such he briefly noted that 2017 "was a relatively easy vintage to manage though one that still did not give us a full crop as I may have done a bit too much green harvesting! I picked from the 9th of September and brought in reasonably ripe and very clean fruit where it wasn't necessary to sort save to eliminate any under ripe berries.
Potential alcohols came in around 12.5% and I chaptalized to a level of 13%. Yields though were off about 15% relative to normal crop though it still was better than the down 30% we obtained in 2016. The wines are really quite fine and tender and should drink well in their youth." Harmand further noted that the 2016s revisited below were bottled between January and May 2018.' – Allen Meadows, Burghound
About Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy:
Gérard Harmand and his son, Philippe, lead this 9 hectare family-run domaine that was established in the late nineteenth century. Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy produce quintessential Gevrey-Chambertin from a superb range of terroirs including the remarkable, old vine holdings in Lavaux St Jacques, Champeaux, Perrière and La Bossiere (Monopole), as well as a healthy slice of the Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin. ‘I agree completely with Harmand’s assertion that they’re now making wines that are better balanced and less overtly rustic than in the past’ writes Allen Meadows. This once under-the-radar and overperforming property is now firmly in the cult category.
‘Having imported Harmand-Geoffroys wines since the 2013 vintage, we are starting to see how well they mature. In fact, these Gevreys must be aged for 5 years before showing off their full spectrum of flavour. Great value, classic Red Burgundy.’ – Roland
|Blend information||100% Pinot Noir|
|Drink to||Long-term cellar|
|Producer information||Gérard Harmand and his son, Philippe, lead this 9 hectare family-run domaine that was established in the late nineteenth century. Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy produce quintessential Gevrey-Chambertin from a superb range of terroirs including the remarkable, old vine holdings in Lavaux St Jacques, Champeaux, Perrière and La Bossiere (Monopole), as well as a healthy slice of the Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin. 'I agree completely with Harmand's assertion that they're now making wines that are better balanced and less overtly rustic than in the past' writes Allen Meadows. This once under-the-radar and overperforming property is now firmly in the cult category.|
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AG: Antonio Galloni of Vinous.com | AM: Allen Meadows of Burghound.com | CE: Christian Eedes of Winemag.co.za | DEC: Decanter | GS: Greg Sherwood MW | JS: James Suckling | JR: JancisRobinson.com | JD: Jeb Dunnuck | NM: Neal Martin of Vinous.com OM: Old Mutual Trophy Wine Show | PG: Platter's Guide | ST: Stephen Tanzer of Vinous.com | TA: Tim Atkin MW | VIN: Vinous.com | WA: Wine Advocate | WE: Wine Enthusiast | WM: Winemag.co.za Report | WS: Wine Spectator