Maison Maume, AOC Gevrey-Chambertin, Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France, 2010
A Gevrey-Chambertin village wine, denoted by ‘Appellation Gevrey-Chambertin Controlee’, pinot noir, 13.3% abv, natural cork closure; Wine Society en primeur, about £20.
Labels in Burgundy explained:
Village wines, named with the village, possibly named with a vineyard that is neither GC nor PC, known as lieux-dits. For example Meursault, then Appellation Meursault Controlee, with, in smaller print Les Narvaux below.
Premier cru wines, labeled with the village then the premier cru site. For example Meursault 1er Cru, then the site in smaller print Les Charmes, then Appellation Meursault 1er Cru Controlee.
Grand cru wines – In for example Gevrey-Chambertin, the village need not be named, just the vineyard, for example Clos de Beze, BUT a prefix as Chambertin Clos de Beze is also permitted; Grand cru may be mentioned on the label, along with Appellation Clos de Beze Controlee, or simply Appellation Controlee – the idea is that the cognoscenti should know that Clos de Beze is a grand cru site, in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, in the Cote de Nuits. Note that Gevrey-Chambertin grand cru sites can also be suffixed with Chambertin, for example Charmes-Chambertin or Mazoyères-Chambertin.
WSET style tasting note
Appearance – clear and bright, pale intensity ruby, showing tears.
Nose – clean on the nose, with a medium (+) intensity, developing, with aromas of lifted blackberry, with hints of sweet ripe black currant, smoke and vanilla.
Palate – a dry wine, with medium (+) acidity, medium (-) silky tannins, medium alcohol and medium (-) body, with medium intensity flavours of over-ripe blackberry and boiled black sweets. A medium (+) length with a clean lightly grippy finish.
Quality – a good quality wine, with balanced fresh acidity and alcohol, the alcohol is a little high for the intensity of flavour, but this is minor. This wine is starting to evolve, with much more on the nose, with a tertiary smoky note showing; of modest complexity and concentration, this wine improve with cellaring over 2-3 years.