2018 Claude Dugat Gevrey Chambertin Lavaux St Jacques

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Almost everyone with vines in Lavaux-St-Jacques made well-balanced wines in 2018, and this is no exception. Produced from grapes on a slope next to Estournelles-St-Jacques, it sees 100% new wood, but is far from overwhelmed by it. Savoury and intense, with notes of wild herbs, filigree tannins, detailed red berry fruit and a long, tapering finish. The new generation of Dugats is doing a wonderful job. Drinking Window 2023 - 2030.

Decanter | 95 DEC
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux Saint-Jacques bursts from the glass with a stunning bouquet of orange rind, peonies, ripe wild berries, cassis, exotic spices and espresso roast, framed by a beautifully integrated application of new oak. On the palate, the wine is medium to full-bodied, velvety and multidimensional, with ripe acids, a deep and concentrated core and a long, sapid finish. This is one of the riper wines in the cellar, with just over 13% natural alcohol, but it's beautifully balanced.

Robert Parker Wine Advocate | 94-96 RP
The 2018 Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint-Jacques 1er Cru has a precise, focused bouquet of red berry fruit laced with crushed chalk and earthy notes, becoming more "airy" with time in the glass. The palate is medium-bodied with filigreed tannins, and more succulent than the Gevrey Premier Cru. A stark saltiness on the finish gives it tension and length. Superb.

Vinous Media | 92-94 VM
(Domaine Claude Dugat Gevrey-Chambertin "Lavaut St. Jacques" 1er Cru Red) As is often the case, this is both cooler and more restrained with its array of wonderfully fresh dark berry fruit aromas that are copiously laced with sauvage nuances. The sleek, intense and muscular middle weight plus flavors brim with a refreshing salinity that really comes up on the powerful, focused and youthfully austere finish. This is lovely though again, clearly built-to-age. (Drink starting 2033).

Burghound | 91-93 BH

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Producer Claude Dugat: Beethoven composed, Van Gogh painted... Claude Dugat creates masterpieces of his own with unrivaled quality and characteristics. A long celebrated and beloved family with roots in Gevrey-Chambertin dating back to the 19th century, Dugat has been captivating collectors and enthusiasts the world over. Claude grew up in the viticultural world, being raised by a family of vintners. Claude’s father bought the domaine in 1956 and Claude quickly fell into his footsteps establishing himself as a wine merchant. He began bottling his own cuvees in the 90’s, which came with great success, enabling him to have his name on the label.

Claude took control of the family estate in 1991 and brought the estate into the limelight, though that may not have been his intention. Despite international success and great renown, he keeps his production small with no hint of mass production, creating unparalleled wines reserved for serious enthusiasts looking for precious bottles.

Claude’s meticulous, passionate drive to “design” superior wines from miniscule holdings is exceptional. For years he was persistent on using his beloved horse, Jonquille, as his plowing method. It is said that this was when he was happiest. A lot can be said for that statement alone; a traditional vigneron who wants to literally have his hands in the soil.

With only 6 hectares in the Cote-de-Nuits to farm, Dugat has been hands on following the approach of sustainable agriculture without the use of fertilizers or herbicides. Each of the parcels is treated with the utmost care. The domaine’s Pinot Noir vines are planted in a chalk-rich terroir, conferring both minerality and finesse to the resulting wines. With this kind of profile, it’s no wonder the reputation of these cuvees leans on fantastic freshness. The harvest is carried out by hand and done quite early so that the fruit doesn’t over ripen or become too sugar-heavy.

Vinification methods used are stripped back with no fining or filtering so that each cuvee and each vintage comes out as authentically as possible; with a light touch in the vineyard in order to bring out the highest quality fruit. Picking decisions are based on sample tastes of the fruit, as opposed to lab analysis which guarantees a level of freshness. Claude stated that he wants to have just as many bunches as his neighbors but with berries half the size. This is a defining factor in the concentration and power behind the Dugat wines.

In the early 2000’s Claude’s son Bertrand joined him in the cellar and worked closely until Claude finally passed the reins off to Bertrand. But his ever loving hand still graces its presence in the vineyard, as his love of the land and wine has been nurtured and instilled in his son, who continues this passionate drive towards excellence. Bertrand is insistent on continuing his father’s legacy and to uphold the history and heritage of the family name.

Domaine Claude Dugat produces 24,000 bottles per year of multiple cuvees from 50-70 year old vines, including Grand Crus from Charmes-Chambertin, Griotte-Chambertin, Chapelle-Chambertin; Premier Crus from Lavaux-St.-Jacques Craipillot, and La Perriere. The Charmes, Griotte and Chapelle-Chambertin are extremely limited and extremely coveted.

Claude Dugat wines have amazing fragrance, rich but balanced fruit and a supple texture. There is a juicy, sumptuous dark fruit intensity which is a driving reminder to the tender care taken in the vineyard and cellar. The Pinot Noirs from Domaine Claude Dugat are in essence the truest form of the varietal. From the soil, to the vines, to the location, to vinification, the process in which Dugat wines come to existence is an art. An art that has been perfected through multiple generations. The wines of Claude Dugat have become highly coveted worldwide.
Region Burgundy: Situated just west of the beautiful river Saone, the hills and valleys of Burgundy stand as they have stood since medieval times, and you can almost hear the cheerful chatter of vineyard workers from miles away. Indeed, France's identity in the world of wine would be incomplete without the inclusion of Burgundy and its many viticultural achievements. Every little sub-region of the area boasts a unique soil composition, which, when combined with the area's climate conditions, creates an incredibly diverse and appealing selection of fine wines.

Every new bottle is an adventure of its own, and a snapshot of its birthplace. You could spend years sampling great Burgundian wines, and you would still have a lot to learn, which is what makes the region so compelling for veterans and novice wine lovers alike. No matter what your taste in wines may be, there is a winery in Burgundy that could mesmerize your mind and make your senses scream with joy. And what better way to spend a comfy summer afternoon with your friends and family than with a classy bottle from some of the region's most reputable wineries? From the noble slopes of Cote d'Or to the flatlands near various settlements, let us help you on your journey as we explore Burgundy's most delicious and renowned wines.
Country France: Words fail us when trying to adequately portray France's place in the world of wine. It's downright impossible to imagine what wine would feel and taste like had it not been for France's many, many viticultural pioneers. Fine wine is the blood of France's vigorously beating heart, and it finds itself in many aspects of French culture. With a viticultural history that dates all the way back to the 6th century BC, France now enjoys its position as the most famous and reputable wine region on the planet. If you have a burning passion for masterfully crafted, mouth-watering, mind-expanding wines, then regular visits to France are probably already in your schedule, and for a good reason.
Type of Wine Burgundy Red: If you have a craving for some beautiful, mind-expanding Pinot Noir, few regions can match the talent and consistency of Burgundy. The grape almost seems like it evolved for this very region, and its essence will stimulate your senses and arouse your imagination. Drink deep and experience almost spiritual enlightenment.
Varietal Pinot Noir: Pinot Noir is possibly the most versatile red grape when it comes to the ways it's been used over the years. From red wines to sparkling wines and beyond, there aren't many places where you can avoid hearing about it, and for a good reason. It's often easy to spot a bottle of Pinot Noir simply by the pale, translucent color, which transitions into a shade reminiscent of old-timey brickwork, adding a lovely dash of country charm to an already awe-inspiring drink.

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