A small estate of 7 hectares run by Sylvie Esmonin, one of a handful of leading female producers in the Cote d'Or. The estate comprises 5 hectares in Gevrey-Chambertin, with a sizeable plot of the Premier Cru Clos St-Jacques, which her grandfather bought from the original owner, the Comte de Moucheron. No herbicides have been used since 1990 and the domaine is farmed more or less organically, though not systematically so.
Domaine Sylvie Esmonin Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Vieilles Vignes’ 2016
“The 2016 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes was matured in 60% new oak with 60% whole bunch fruit. At the moment the new oak comes through strongly on the nose, more so than the village cru, although there is plenty of black cherry and bilberry fruit behind that and subsume the barrel ageing with time. This feels a little more opaque compared to the village cru at the moment. The palate is medium-bodied with fine tannin, layers on blackberry and crushed strawberry fruit laced with minerals that dovetail into a confit-like and quite saline finish.”
Neal Martin – 29 December 2017