Burghound 90 Points, A. Meadows
"Light ruby. A fresh and perfumed nose of red berries, spice, earth and a hint of sauvage leads to delicious, supple and round light to barely middle weight flavors that possess an attractively textured mouth feel, all wrapped in a balanced and lingering finish. This is definitely lighter in weight but displays excellent flavor authority and plenty of punch."
Producer: Chateau David de Beaufort
Wine: 2007 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Cazetiers, 750ml
Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir
Nose: Fresh and perfumed nose of red berries, spice and earth
Palate: Red fruits delicious, supple and round
Food: Game, rib steak, roast lamb, grilled and braised meats, coq au vin, ox cheek and hard cheese
Cellaring: Drink now or cellar until 2026
Chateau David de Beaufort
The history of Chateau David de Beaufort is intimately linked to the history of Burgundy, to the wines of Burgundy and to the Hospices de Beaune. The 17th century estate was owned by the Hotel Dieu des Hospices de Beaune from 1750 to 1792. It was purchased during the Second World war by Dr. Denis Bizot who ran a domain of Burgundy Grands Crus and was surgeon at the Hospices de Beaune. In 1984, the estate was converted into a wine-making property by Jacques and Jacqueline Coudray-Bizot.
Gevrey-Chambertin is a village appellation located in the Côte de Nuits region. It includes 26 Premiers Cru Climats which producing communes are Gevrey-Chambertin and Brochon. The commune of Gevrey-Chambertin also produces 9 appellations Grand Crus. On the label, the appellation Gevrey-Chambertin and Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru may be followed by the name of the Climat of origin.
For travelers coming from Dijon, Gevrey-Chambertin is where Bourgogne’s Elysian Fields begin. At the entrance to the hollowed hill of Lavaux, a château - once a property of the monks of Cluny - resembles a fortified wine-cellar.
The canons of Langres were for a long time guardians of these vineyards which can be dated back to the year 640 AD, evidence of a long and intimate involvement in the history of Bourgogne’s wine industry. Gevrey-Chambertin forms a kind of guard of honor to a set of fabulous Grands Crus whose crown jewels are Chambertin and Clos de Bèze. The appellation dates from September 1936. The village of Brochon is an extension of Gevrey-Chambertin, sharing the same characteristics. The Pinot Noir is at its peak performance here.
Information by: Burgundy Wines
The Premiers Crus are located between 280 and 380 meters (brown limestone soils, rather shallow). Below are the appellation Village vines on brown calcic or limey soils. The vines also reap the benefit of marls covered with screes and red silt washed down from the plateau. These stony mixtures confer elegance and delicacy on the wine while the clay-like marls, which contain rich deposits of fossil shellfish, add body and firmness. Exposures vary from east to south-east.
Chateau David de Beaufort plots:
The vines grow in clay-like sand on beds of Bathonian limestone; soils of this type give rise to firm, full-bodied, full-flavored wines. Surface area: Les Cazetiers: 1,960 square meters; Champeaux: 2,937 square meters Age of the vines: Les Cazetiers: 3/4 of the plot was planted about 60 years ago, with the other 1/3 replanted in 1999. Champeaux: the entire plot was planted in 1981 Altitude: 300 meters.
The vineyards both face due east and receive sun throughout the day from the first rays of the rising sun until evening. Les Cazetiers is half-way up the hillside while Les Champeaux, further to the north, is terraced (probably on the site of very old stone quarries), but at the same altitude. These mid-hillside positions mean that each vineyard receives an extra 1/2 hour of sun each evening.