“It’s clear that quality is on the upswing here and this is a domaine worth following. Moreover, given the extremely reasonable prices the wines typically sell for, they are bargains, a descriptor one rarely hears uttered in the same breath with Côte de Nuits Grand Cru.” Allen Meadows
We are delighted to offer the 2016s from Domaine Tortochot today on an En Primeur basis. T&Cs apply*
Based in Gevrey Chambertin, the Tortochot family have been producing wines in the region since the 19th Century. The domaine as we know it today, however, was only established from the late 90s, when Chantal Tortochot was encouraged by her father to return to Burgundy at the age of 35, having previously worked in the finance department of an American petrochemical company. She left her corporate lifestyle first to study viticulture at the Jules Guyot Institute in Dijon, and then to join her father at the family domaine.
Her father had previously sold 100 or so barrels per year of village wines to Drouhin. Chantal however saw huge potential in the wines and began to bottle under the Tortochot label, and now 100% of the domaine’s produce is sold under their own name. Current production is approximately 60,000 bottles per year from 12 hectares made up of 34 parcels across village, premier and grand cru level vineyards. She started organically managing all the vineyards in 2003 and received certification in 2013.
Chantal prefers a more traditional approach to winemaking, as is seen by her strong focus on expressing the terroir of each vineyard, hand-harvesting, not fining or filtering and using indigenous yeasts. When talking about her style of Pinot Noir she explains: “Here we make a more traditional Gevrey Chambertin, with lots of fruit, strong tannins and good acidity. These are not really Pinots that can be drunk early…you have to be a little patient.”
This is a wonderfully charming estate that produces textbook Gevrey Chambertin. Given the well documented size of the 2016 harvest in Burgundy, we may have to allocate some wines and will do so on the basis of balanced orders. Shipping to UK approx. autumn 2018.
All wines offered in 6x75cl cases.
Morey-St-Denis, £140 in bond
"Very classic, textbook MSD, generous and rustic with a complex earthy nose. Masculine and full bodied. Will age gracefully!" Olivier Marie, French buyer at Genesis Wines
Gevrey-Chambertin 'Les Jeunes Rois’, £170 in bond
Gevrey-Chambertin 'Les Corvées’, £170 in bond
"Long, expressive finish with lovely violet tones." 17+ points, Richard Hemming for Jancis Robinson
Gevrey-Chambertin VV 'Les Champerrier’, £185 in bond
"The palate is elegant and beautifully balanced with a vivid energy and a very long lasting finish, fresh and ethereal with notes of liquorice and tea leaves." Olivier Marie, Genesis Wines
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Lavaux St. Jacques’, £270 in bond
"Expressive, broad and chewy on the palate, with equal portions of flavour intensity, tannin and acidity." 17.5+ points, Richard Hemming for Jancis Robinson
"Slightly gamey and animalesque with a leathery finish. Multifaceted with great complexity!" Olivier Marie, Genesis Wines
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Les Champeaux’, £265 in bond
"Definition and concentration that bodes well for maturation." 17++ points, Richard Hemming for Jancis Robinson
Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru ‘Aux Charmes’, £255 in bond
Morey-St-Denis 1er Cru ‘Renaissance’, £235 in bond
"Clean nose with light cranberry and redcurrant fruit with attractive savoury liquorice notes. After a gentle start this has quite a lot of promise." 17+ points, Richard Hemming for Jancis Robinson
Grand Cru ‘Charmes-Chambertin’, £530 in bond
Grand Cru ‘Mazis-Chambertin’, £590 in bond
"Outstanding stony aroma on the nose. Full body and rich palate with a long and flavoursome palate that has excellent richness of fruit." 18.5+ points, Richard Hemming for Jancis Robinson
Do let us know if you'd like to place an order!
*These terms apply to all sales transactions, unless varied in writing, and form the basis of accepting any order. Prices: All prices are quoted in £ per case (6 x 75cl except where indicated) and in bond (exclusive of duty and VAT). Duty and VAT will be charged at the time of a duty paid delivery. Availability: Demand may exceed availability on some wines and we may have to allocate Order and payment: Our minimum order is one case (4.5 litres) and all orders are subject to confirmation. Orders cannot be confirmed until payment in £ is received in full; payment may be made by direct transfer to our bank (Barclays Bank plc: Sort Code 20-51-01 Account 70246999) or by cheque. Wines remain the property of Genesis Wines Limited until paid for in full. Delivery: At the time of purchase, it would be greatly appreciated if you could please advise us where you would like your wines to eventually be delivered. You will be informed of the anticipated arrival of En Primeur orders at our bonded warehouse. - Orders for delivery in bond will be delivered to the relevant warehouse once the wines are received, unless otherwise advised in writing. - Orders for delivery to private addressed or non-bonded destinations will be charged duty and VAT at the prevailing rate. Delivery is free for most of the UK for orders over £350 ex VAT and duty (see postcodes below for exceptions) For orders less than £350, deliveries will be charged at £10 ex VAT and duty within London postal districts and £15 outside. Delivery will be charged at cost to the following postal code areas: AB, BT, DD, DG, HS, IM, IV, KA27, KA28, KW, KY, PA, PH, PO30-42, TD and ZE. Next day delivery is normally available within the Greater London area. In the rest of England delivery is usually within 48 hours from confirmation of order and 72 hours in the North of England and Scotland. The signing of a delivery note by customers or by the relevant warehouse for receipt of wine will constitute the acceptance and receipt of that wine. Please note that as soon as you have been notified that your wines have arrived in our bonded cellars in the UK, delivery must be arranged immediately. There is a 4 week grace period and thereafter storage charges will be incurred at the rate in force at the time. We do not currently provide a wine storage facility; however we are happy to recommend other specialists. For any unpaid storage costs incurred, your stock may be sold to cover these charges Damaged wines: you undertake to inspect goods on delivery and notify Genesis Wines Limited in writing within 5 days of any damaged wines or other defects. Force majeure: we shall not be liable for any failure to meet our obligations caused by events outside our control.