Gentaz Dervieux

Domaine Jean-Louis Chave

L'Hermitage Syrah 1985

Smoky, meaty, lovely older Chave (East Coast import, not KLWM), very nice but not at the level of the 1988 Gentaz Cote Rôtie, though very fine. — 2 years ago

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Matt Duncan

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What wrong with old KLWM imports @Doug Powers ?
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@Matt Duncan, nothing wrong, back in the 1980s KLWM had Chave, VT, etc., on the West Coast, while other importers had them on the East Coast. Not sure about Chave, but Kermit on VT would hand select a Cuvée head would import. So, at least on VT, there were marked differences, plus Kermit wasn’t filtering and the East Coast importer was. I wasn’t implying anything nefarious.


Côte Brune Cuvée Réservée Côte-Rôtie Syrah 1989

This was everyones star of the night! More of a rustic, old school style than the Verset but showing a level of complexity that stood out — 5 months ago

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Babass et Dervieux (Les Vignes de Babass)

Roc Cab Cabernet Sauvignon Blend

Mogen frukt och saltig. Förvånansvärt snäll! — 2 years ago

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Côte-Rôtie Syrah 1990

Rare bottle, different from the 1990 Gentaz Côte Rôtie Côte Brune.... this wine is comprised of 2 lieux dits: La Landonne and La Viaillère. It does not contain any of Gentaz’s small parcel in Côte Brune that was adjacent to the subplot that is now known as La Turque. For this reason Côte Brune does not appear on the label of this particular bottling. — 5 years ago

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Domaine Champet

Les Fils à Jo Côte-Rôtie Syrah 2018

Real talk: I’m a little embarrassed to admit that this is my first experience with the wines of Domaine Champet. When I consider that their approach to winemaking is philosophically aligned with my own preferences, how did this meeting not happen before now? Maybe it’s because they only make 1000 cases of wine a year? Maybe it’s because I live in Nebraska. Whatever the reason, it no longer matters because I have now experienced what cannot be undone. For a bit of reference, the family has a rather rich, (Romain and Maxime are 4th generation), history working with vines in the “La Viallière” lieu-dit in the Côte Brune. “La Viallière” was made famous thanks to Dervieux (yes, as in Gentaz-Dervieux). The land is…improbable to farm…with some slopes close to 60°. Everything is performed by hand. This bottling, “Les Fils à Jo” focuses on the old vines from their holdings in “La Viallière”.

Popped and poured; consumed over 5 days, best on days 3-5 and the following notes reflect such. The wine pours a deep ruby with a near opaque core and pretty significant staining of the tears. Medium+ viscosity and every so slightly turbid. On the nose, blue and black fruits with bacon fat, lavender, kalamata olive, a whisper of baking spices…some white pepper, some tobacco…wild and beguiling. On the palate, the wine is dry with medium++ tannin and medium+ acid. Incredible texture. Confirming the fruit set and other aforementioned characteristics. There’s blueberry scone and an iron-ore kind of thing going "On and on and on, on and on and on; Checka checka it out, to the breaka breaka dawn". The finish is long…as in forever…and absolutely, positively divine. If tonight is any indication, this wine will drink well past 2040. Between the Levet’s and Champet’s, there are very few in Côte Rôtie making wines like this anymore. What is certain, is that this was one of those experiences where there was a time before, and a time after Champet. Certainly one of those I won’t ever forget.
— a year ago

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Great notes as usual @Jay Kline and also nice to see low production stuff makes it all the way into NE.
Ely Cohn

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Amazing @Jay Kline !

Babass et Dervieux (Les Vignes de Babass)

La Navine


@no.501 5,330 incl tax — 3 years ago