We all know politics and wine are not a good mix.
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Combottes is sandwiched between the Grand Crus Latricerties-Chambertin and Clos de la Roche on the same line as Chambertin.
So why isn't it a Grand Cru?
There are two schools of thought. The first is that Combottes lies in the faintest of hollows which means it drains less well than the vineyards alongside. The break in the hill above allows a cool breeze to flow over the vines which means that ripening is a little later (certainly not a bad thing these days). However, Charmes-Chambertin is across the road and much of the land here is, in a number of ways, quite marginal.
The other possible reason was that at the time of classification much of Combottes belonged to growers in Morey-St-Denis (as it still does). Those in Gevrey saw little value in pushing for Combottes to be a Grand Cru (nine is enough!) and the makers in Morey were most likely not eager to spend the money.
So today, for whatever reason, Combottes remains a Premier Cru. But it is a Premier Cru of serious quality. The style of wine produced is somewhere between the vineyards alongside. It has the power and depth of Clos de la Roche and the texture and weight of Latricieres-Chambertin. For those in the know, happy to drink what is in the bottle, not what is on the label, it is a highly respected vineyard.
The 2015 is full of minerals and earth, with a wonderful mid palate weight and complexity. It finishes long and polished.
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