2014 is a lovely vintage with balance and transparency. It is not big and rich, but more at the elegant, yet intense end of the spectrum. The terroir really shines through on the reds.
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A generational change in Burgundy can make an incredible difference. A new combination of tradition and modern know-how can, almost overnight, rocket a domaine to stardom.
Domaine Duroche certainly fit into that category. This tiny producer has just 8.25 hectares of vines, but boy do they have some great vineyards. All that was needed was exceptional care in the vineyard and great winemaking. Now, we have them both and the results are tremendous.
Not long ago I read an article comparing the wines to those of Fourrier. The article went on to say "As I was leaving my incredible appointment with Gilles Duroche I was wondering why I had never
heard of them before as the wines were absolutely stunning. They remind me of Fourrier. Yes. Fourrier. They are utterly classic Gevrey Chambertins with fantastically brilliant site character, utmost finesse without sacrificing power, sappy vivid fruit that is very on the red side and incredible depth. They use wood so brilliantly it kept compelling me to ask young Gilles Duroche if there was any wood on the wine at all, despite tasting out of barrels in the cellar. This is a rising star domaine if I have ever tasted one."
Domaine Duroche are certainly now on the critics radar. Tim Atkin MW rated the domaine in his Top 25 producers alongside DRC, Rousseau, Leroy, Georges Roumier and other legends. It is a great achievement. See above.
Today I offer the 2014 Gevrey-Chambertin Champ. The vineyard of Champ, Or En Champ, is located at the northern end of Gevrey alongside the Premier Crus Cazetiers and Champeaux. Jasper Morris describes it as "An excellent vineyard". It produces classic Gevrey with race and aromatics. Simply great drinking! Duroche's vines are now quite old being planted between 1969 and 1973.
We have 23 bottles remaining. The wine is available at a Pre Arrival Price saving you 15%. It is very well priced for a named vineyard Gevrey-Chambertin from a super-star in the making.
Domaine Duroche Gevrey-Chambertin Champ 2014
Pre Arrival Price $84.50
This is at once more elegant and slightly fresher as well with its layered array of pretty red currant, spice, floral, game and softly earthy aromas. The sleek, cool and restrained middle weight flavors exhibit good detail and unusually good refinement before terminating in a mineral-inflected finale. This is really quite good and worth checking out. 88-91 Points
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