Saturday, April 28, 2012

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Aux Combottes" 2007, Domaine Odoul-Coquard

Having neglected the Premier Cru Project lately, we got back on the case a couple of weeks ago with this wine which G bought en primeur after a visit to Domaine Odoul-Coquard in Morey-St-Denis back in 2008. It was a blazingly hot day and we arrived to find nobody about apart from an exceedingly elderly gentleman in a pair of blue overalls sporting the horniest toenails I've ever seen. Fortunately, shortly afterwards the rest of the family emerged from somewhere, the toenails retreated out of sight, and we had a damned good tasting.

As previously mentioned, I'm not the biggest fan of Gevrey as a style of burgundy as I often find it too macho, but I was hoping that the fact that this was from the relatively light and charming 2007 vintage would make it more approachable. It was a dark, plummy colour and glinted in the glass. On the nose, it was lively and fruity with stewed plums and star anise. On the palate, it was refined and supple but we felt it was still a baby and would need to be tucked away for a few more years. So currently a 9, but with potential to become a 10. Old school Cote de Nuits premier crus often need 10 years so I wouldn't be surprised if this came into its own in 2017. I'm sure it will be worth the wait.

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