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Every weekend, we showcase and open a special bottle of wine for you to sample, hand-picked by our sommelier team.
Each wine has been chosen for its prestige and critical acclaim, available by the glass at cost price offering you the opportunity to broaden your vinous horizons.
2005 Gevrey-Chambertin, Mes Cinq Terroirs, Domaine Denis Mortet, Burgundy
£30 per 125ml glass. Current wine list price - £230
Tonight, I wanted to choose the 2005 Gevrey-Chambertin a town in the Côte de Nuits producing some of Burgundy’s most renowned red wines. With 400 hectares of vineyard area this is the largest wine-producing region in the Cote d’Or.
The wines of Gevrey-Chambertin are sturdy, bigger and heavier than those of their neighbours Vosne-Romanée.
The 2005 Mes Cinq Terroirs perpetuates the practice of combining the fruit from Au Velle, En Motrot, Combe du Dessus, En Deree and En Champs (all downhill from Champeaux on the North side of Gevrey) into a single and – at least in this instance - highly synergistic village wine, representing nearly half of the estates total acreage. Fruit from these sites are co-fermented in two lots segregated by age of vine, and then blended.
This fine wine has a fresh, very ripe and moderately earthy nose that features ripe black fruits with carnal, fungal, and mineral nuances. These combine for a clear, bright, satin-textured, and substantially-concentrated impression, free of any superficial sweetness and successfully resisting the influence of the all-new barrels.
Long, rolling low tones of black fruits and forest floor complete a picture very 2005 in its combination of bright fresh fruit acids with dark, even slightly sombre hues of flavour. There is ample mid-palate fat that does a fine job of buffering the relatively fine underlying structure and this should be approachable young but have the capacity to age.
Please reserve your glass with reception before 7pm on Friday 31st of July and Saturday 1st August 2015.