2018 Arlaud Gevrey-Chambertin Combottes

Sandwiched between Clos de la Roche just over the border in Morey and Gevrey grand crus on the north side, one wonders why Combottes isn’t classified as a grand cru in its own right; there is a theory that politics played a part, or it may be because Combottes lies in a small dip. Either way, in the hands of a producer such as Arlaud, it makes some exceptionally fine wine. The 2018 is full of floral dark fruit, and in the mouth it is fleshy and forceful, even showing a little chili heat on the extended finish. A very serious wine. From 50 year-old vines. Cyprien Arlaud used a proportion of whole-bunch fermention on this cuvee, which he likes to do particularly with older vine cuvees, as he feels it can bring an extra layer of finesse to the tannins. (NT 03/01/20)
Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy/Beaujolais FRANCE
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Pinot Noir
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92-95 points, Jasper Morris, insideburgundy.com, January 2020
92-94 points, Neal Martin, vinous.com, January 2020
89-92 points, Allen Meadows, burghound.com, January 2020

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Media Reviews

Jasper Morris MW

Fresh mid purple colour, decent weight of fruit on the nose with a fresh peppery ripple through the middle. Sweetly ripe but with some fresh red fruit behind and good acidity. Otherwise the fruit is playing around a whole raspberry-based palate. Fine long finish. 92-95 points

Neal Martin

The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Combottes 1er Cru includes around 30% whole bunch and is matured in 20% new oak. This has a reserved but detailed bouquet, not as charming as Arlaud’s Chambolles but conveying a wonderful sense of mineralité. The palate is very detailed, with fine tannins that frame the layers of black cherry and raspberry fruit, and segues into a slightly peppery, very harmonious finish. This is wonderfully composed. 92-94 points

Allen Meadows

(from .45 ha parcel of 70+ year old vines). Here there is no reduction to the surprisingly high-toned aromas of red currant, black cherry and whiffs of herbal tea and rose petal. There is once again a really lovely texture to the round, plush and delicious medium-bodied flavors that culminate in a compact and firm finish that flashes a touch of edginess though markedly less so than the Sentiers. 89-92 points

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