Domaine Gérard Raphet, Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin
Domaine Gérard Raphet, Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin

Domaine Gérard Raphet, Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin

Burgundy , France 2021 (750mL)
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Domaine Gérard Raphet, Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin

In our wine-tasting travels, we often find that the personality of a wine is closely tied to that of its maker—but in Raphet’s case, the sheer opulence of his wines doesn’t align with his humble, taciturn personality. This is someone who truly lets the wine do the talking, and his tiny domaine, which he runs with his wife, Sylviane, and their daughter, Virginie, doesn’t have anywhere near the name recognition it deserves. We’ll say this, though: We’ve done our part to spread the good word about Raphet. Regardless of which tier of the Burgundy pyramid they’re working in, they over-achieve, whether it’s their Bourgogne Rouge, his enviable collection of Premier Crus, or one of his old-vine Grand Crus like this release.

Raphet’s ace in the hole is his family’s collection of seriously old vines, with his four parcels in Charmes—which sits immediately downslope of “Le Chambertin”—averaging 50-60 years of age! Working in their small cellar which is attached to their nearby family home in Morey-Saint-Denis, the Raphets ferment their meticulously sorted, hand-harvested fruit via ambient yeasts in stainless steel tanks. The resulting Grand Cru wine is transferred into French barriques, 20% new, for 18 months. A bottling without fining or filtration means that the dense, deeply luxuriant fruit is left to shine in all its glory.  

So, what you see here is an outrageously delicious, ready-to-drink Grand Cru Pinot Noir that’s a pure snapshot of a fantastic vintage in Gevrey. This 2021 Charmes-Chambertin reveals a flashy, highly reflective deep ruby in the glass. It is explosive, exuberant, and tantalizingly ready-to-drink with generous aromas of lush black cherry, black raspberry, wild strawberry coulis, damp violets, iron, licorice, red tea, and forest floor. If enjoying a bottle now, decant 30 minutes before serving at 60 degrees in large Burgundy stems. Lose your remaining bottles in a cool, dark corner of your home and re-visit them throughout the next 10-15 years. 


Domaine Gérard Raphet, Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin




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Southwestern France


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Central France

Loire Valley

The Loire is France’s longest river (634 miles), originating in the southerly Cévennes Mountains, flowing north towards Paris, then curving westward and emptying into the Atlantic Ocean near Nantes. The Loire and its tributaries cover a huge swath of central France, with most of the wine appellations on an east-west stretch at47 degrees north (the same latitude as Burgundy).

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Alsace, in Northeastern France, is one of the most geologically diverse wine regions in the world, with vineyards running from the foothills of theVosges Mountains down to the Rhine River Valley below.

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