Gevrey-Chmabertin 1er Cru "Clos du Fonteny" 2009, Bruno Clair
The "Clos du Fonteny" vines were planted in 1972 and 1987 providing a good platform for concentration and complexity. This Gevrey 1er cru delivers what one expects from the grand homme of the northern Côte de Nuits: red plums, cherries; thick matière, good busty tannins, full flavoured, a medium to big structure, good length and the initial elements of that classic Gevrey spiciness creeping into the palate. Will be interesting to try as early as 2013 as long as it doesn't close up. Very good. Tasted at the domaine in April 2011. Photo shows a bunch of sun-illuminated pinot grapes in a Gevrey vineyard on July 29th in 2011.