Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin AOC
Item Number: 14010
Sub Region: Cote de Nuits
Appellation/AVA: Gevrey-Chambertin AOC
Estate Grown Wine: Yes
Grape(s): 100% Pinot Noir
Type: Wine - Red
Bottle Size: 750 ml
Alc by Vol(%): 13
Viticulture: Practicing Organic
Soil Type: Limestone-clay
Vintage Notes: The notorious late-April frost of 2016 did not entirely spare the Harmand family, although damages in Gevrey-Chambertin were less extreme than in other parts of the Côte, and the domaine ended up suffering an overall 30% reduction in crop. Summer was warm and generous overall, though mercifully without the worrisome spikes or stretches of extreme heat that have marked vintages more regularly here in the post-climate-change era. Gérard and Philippe began harvest on the 24th of September under excellent conditions, and they produced a lineup that embodies the best characteristics of this unique growing season. Harmand-Geoffroy’s wines always display an unapologetically meaty, old-school sensibility—it is a big part of what we adore about them—but that classicism is wed to an impeccable sense of tension and energy in these 2016s, which deliver both power and finesse and are even more transparent to their underlying terroirs than usual.
Vineyard Notes: The Pinot Noir grapes were harvested by hand from small parcels across Gevrey-Chambertin. The vines range between 25 and 90 years old. No herbicides and no insecticides are used, and synthetic fungicide is applied only when absolutely needed.
Winemaking Notes: The grapes are destemmed. After a 5-day cold soak, the wine ferments spontaneously for 15-21 days in stainless steel tanks. Aged for 16 months in barrels (20% new), the wine is kept on its fine lees until bottling. Racked by gravity during élevage, the Gevrey-Chambertin is blended after reaching full spontaneous malolactic fermentation. This wine is bottled unfiltered and unfined. Total sulfites equal 45 mg/L.
Tasting Notes: Harmand’s Gevrey-Chambertin, produced from four hectares worth of holdings scattered throughout the appellation, boasts a vine age of up to 80 years. These old vines make themselves known in the 2016’s thick, assertive entry and sappy depth of fruit, but the minerality here is notable and precise nonetheless, with more obvious cut than the massively built 2015. This is an absolutely classical Gevrey: rich yet graceful, this wine shows the wild berry fruit and charming rusticity that are the hallmarks of true Gevrey-Chambertin.