Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru "Les Corbeaux" 2008, Bruno Clavelier

We tasted at the Bruno Clavelier domaine in the summer of 2011 and left with the impression of a wine maker who is incredibly committed to understanding his terroirs and exhibiting each lieu dit with precision. We mostly tasted 2009s which were glorious and ripe but also tried this 2008 Chambolle which was more edgy, or had "tonicité" per M. Clavelier. A bright perfumed, high-toned nose immediately made me think of 2011 or 2007 both vintages with warm springs and cool summers. There is blueberry fruit, raspberry and red currant. Definitely not characteristics of 2010, 2009, 2006 or 2005. On the palate blood orange (or was that the tangy sauce served with our venison?), it is somewhat light on fruit, high acidity, tangy, medium-minus tannins. A touch dusty and astringent. Fully ripe? My guess for this was 2007 Chambolle. But I can see that 2007 would have had more underlying fruit and been less severe. This is not as tasty as many other 2008s I have tried, especially those from the Côte de Beaune. Not convinced that this will become something more interesting and would leave until 2020 to let it unfurl. Scores 19-22/30 for a Gevrey 1er Cru. Photo shows our favourite cheese waitress.


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