Vivid coloration ranging from deep ruby to black-cherry. Their aromas suggest strawberry, blackcurrant, and gooseberry as well as fruit pits, liquorice, and spices. On the palate, power, opulence and elegance unite to make a full and complex body, full of sap and voluptuosness textured.
Light ruby red in the glass this shows clean varietal aromas of strawberries, raspberries and a hint of hay. In the mouth it is medium-bodied, with balanced, fresh acidity and light tannins. Basic Burgundy at its best.
Brilliant colour with deep purple nuances. Fine, elegant nose with floral notes of iris, violet and peony. Soft and round on the palate with lovely length revealing floral and dark berry flavours of blueberry and blackcurrant.
Dominique and Catherine Derain definitely adopt a minimalist approach. They farm biodynamically, hand harvest, do not chaptalize or acidify and use the barest amount of sulphur in their winemaking approach. All the fruit is hand-picked and they destem 90% of their red grapes before fermentation, which occurs in wooden vats. After fermentation the wine is aged in old oak casks for 12-18 months. The couple never use SO2 during the winemaking process, adding only a small amount at bottling for stabilization. The thrilling Mercurey from old biodynamically-tended vines (100 years old) reaches an altogether different level. It is a blend of 85% Pinot Noir, 15% Pinot Beurrot (related to the Pinot Gris). There is a silky nature to this Mercurey giving it a supple mouthfeel and a detailed range of raspberry and cherry fruit with a touch of pomegranate. It has lovely spice notes and touch of lavender on the nose. Striking elegance, complexity and length.
A typical Santenay red wine is more deeply colored than the wines from further north, but still retains the dark cherry color so characteristic of red Burgundy. The aromas are of licorice, red berries and violets, and the most perfumed examples also show notes of rose petals.
We took into stock some of Debray’s 2008 offerings some years ago, have kept them perfectly and they are now in great shape for drinking. The village/commune of Aloxe-Corton sits towards the northern end of the famed Côte de Beaune and is the only commune on the Côte to boast Grand Cru domaines for red wine. The Valozières domaine, sits tucked against the Grand Cru parcelles and offers this excellent Premier Cru red. Whilst not the deepest Aloxe-Corton ever, red fruits and flavours of ageing merge beautifully here.
We took into stock some of Debray’s 2008 offerings some years ago, have kept them perfectly and they are now in great shape for drinking. Gevrey-Chambertin requires little introduction to most as one of the Côte de Nuits' most revered appellations. As with most Côte de Nuits reds, it offers a darker and slightly more complex wine (even as red Burgundies go) featuring the earthy gamey-ness notes that typifies the reds of these stellar communes.
We took into stock a number of of Debray’s 2008 offerings some years ago, have kept them perfectly and they are now in great shape for drinking. Volnay, from the middle of the Cote de Beaune, has always offered the the lighter and fruitier side of red Burgundy (red fruits: redcurrants, cherry, raspberry, strawberry) and this one does that in spades, with the flavours of ageing now nicely laid down among these.
A brilliant dark ruby colour. The expressive and complex nose has aromas of red fruits with woody notes. We find these same aromas on the palate which are well enveloped by delicately blended tannins.
This Gevrey Chambertin is perfectly balanced and reflects all the elegance of Pinot Noir beautifully.