1995 Domaine des Chezeaux Griotte Chambertin

1995 Domaine des Chezeaux Griotte Chambertin

Year: 1995
Appellation: Griotte Chambertin
Country: France
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Whilst not a name on the tip of most peoples tongues, the Domaine des Chézeaux is the largest owner of Griotte-Chambertin - almost 60% of the vineyard. In fact they have a few other choice parcels too: Clos St Denis (100 year old vines - though due to the replanting of some empty spaces this average may slowly come down), Chambertin and some parcels of Gevrey 1er Cru's. So why might you not know the name? That's because you probably know the wines already, but under different labels - Laurent Ponsot for the three Grand Cru's, René Leclerc also for the Griotte and Domaine Berthaut for the other Gevrey wines. The domaine was formed in 1982 from the holdings of the Mercier family who still run the company (SNV des Chézeaux), the name Chézeaux refers to the original Mercier family home close the Chateau of Gevrey within the walls of which are about half a hectare of vines - Clos de Chézeaux. The basis of the holdings date from 1928, but today there are no winemakers in the family, hence, their holdings are all 'en metayage' i.e. they are 'farmed' by others (Ponsot, Leclerc & Berthaut) who take two thirds of the crop as payment, the balance going to 'des Chézeaux'. In the case of Chézeaux the 'metayers' also do the elevage and bottling - herein used to lie a bit of a problem for both Chézeaux and the consumer - historically and specifically for the Griotte; when you placed your order, you don't know whether you would be getting the Ponsot or the Leclerc produced wine! Their UK importer did, however, for some time specify the Leclerc version.

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