We had our appointment with Bertrand Maume at nine o'clock. Though it was rather early, we were happy to taste the wines of the Domain again (see our previous report 2000). This time we mainly tasted in the wide cellar mainly from the barrel. First we got a short first overview of the 2006. Both samples let us expect something good but still were in the state of malolactic fermentation. So a prediction was hardly possible. We could degustate the 2005 more intensely. This vintage is going to be bottled in the summer. What was filled into our degustation glasses one after the other really was a pleasure, which seemed to increase with every wine and became a really expressive profile through the climates of Gevrey-Chambertin.
The most famous wine by Maume is the Maziz-Chambertin, with a mighty, complex structure. The second one is the Grand Cru of the Domain, the Charmes-Chambertin - there are not even one thousand bottles per year. Compared to the first, it is perhaps not so full and opulent, but regarding the finesse it may beat the Mazis. Also the Domain's three Premier Crus are good, the Laveaux Saint Jacques is almost comparable to the Grand Crus.
A worthwhile example of the Village-Appellation is the Gevrey-Chambertin En Pallud. It comes from a climate right at the end of the village, situated diagonally across the Mazis. Maume owns 60 ares of it. They are planted with old vines which produce a complex and Terroir-orientated wine. Of course it doesn't reach the complexity of its greater brothers, but it has its own character and independence which makes it very interesting. And it shouldn't be underestimated.
Due to our experience we know that the simple Burgogne tastes like a little Gevery-Chambertin and grows directly nearby the village. Unfortunately it is always sold out quickly.
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2006
Gevrey-Chambertin Aux Etelois 2005
Gevrey-Chambertin En Pallud 2005
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Les Champeaux 2005
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru 2005
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Laveaux Saint Jacques 2005
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru 2005
Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru 2005
Gevrey-Chambertin En Pallud 2004
In the evening we then drank a bottle which we had bought there:
Gevrey-Chambertin En Pallud 2001