2020 Gibryotte (Claude Dugat) Gevrey-Chambertin Premier Cru #901065854


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Claude Dugat with son Bertrand

About Claude Dugat

Located in the prestigious Gevrey-Chambertin appellation of Burgundy, the Dugat family, presently represented by Calude's son Bertrand Dugat and daughters, Laetitia and Jeanne, operates a revered estate with deeply ingrained viticultural traditions. Their wine-making adventure began in 1955 when Maurice Dugat, Claude's father, transformed the historic Grange des Dimes into a winery, now named the Cellier des Dimes.

Famed for their sustainable and organic approach to viticulture, the Dugats oversee around 6 hectares of vines across Gevrey, ensuring meticulous care and respect for their treasured terroir. The team strongly believes in minimal intervention, allowing the fruit's inherent quality to shine through in each vintage. Decisions around harvest time are driven by the tasted ripeness of the fruit rather than laboratory analysis, ensuring the wines retain a crucial level of freshness.

In the cellar, consistency is key. Fermentations occur in concrete tanks with twice-daily gentle punch downs, favoring this method over pump overs to limit oxygen exposure. After roughly two weeks, the juice is racked to Francois Frères barrels, with a notable new oak influence in all but their Bourgogne rouge cuvée. Despite this, the wines rarely exhibit a heavy-handed oak signature, a testament to their well-integrated aging process.

Among their vineyard holdings are several esteemed parcels, including Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru, Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru, and Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru, which all play a crucial role in defining the estate's wine style. The vines' age and Claude's preference for lower yields with smaller berries are key to the remarkable concentration and power found in their wines.

Under the Dugat family's skilled stewardship, the wines from this domain stand out for their balance between power and finesse, exuding clarity, precision, and a distinct polish that sets them apart in Gevrey-Chambertin. This devotion to tradition and innovation ensures that Domaine Claude Dugat continues to captivate wine enthusiasts around the globe.

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