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1988 Domaine Philippe Leclerc Gevrey-Chambertin Combes Aux Moines

Capsule condition issue; signs of past seepage; 5.5 cm ullage; light label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

Light capsule condition issue; label condition issue

Removed from a subterranean wine cellar

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RATINGS

94Robert M. Parker Jr.

It is truly a great expression of Gevrey-Chambertin, with its wild, savage, animal-like bouquet that exhibits exotic spices, sweet, toasty oak, and powerful, black cherry aromas. In the mouth, it is awesomely concentrated, full bodied, rich, and long...

91Burghound.com

A notably ripe and now fully secondary nose speaks of deep dark berry fruit, sous-bois, earth and intense animale notes that also are abundantly evident on the big, powerful and very rich broad-scaled flavors that possess a velvety mouth feel on the mineral-driven and impressively long finish.

REGION

France, Burgundy, Côte d'Or, Côte de Nuits, Gevrey-Chambertin, La Combe Au Moine

Côte de Nuits is the northern part of the Côte d’Or and it includes the most famous vineyards and wine communes in the world. There are more Grand Cru appellations in the Côte de Nuits than anywhere else in Burgundy. Of the fourteen communes, or villages in the Côte de Nuits, six produce Grand Cru wines. They are Gevrey-Chambertin, Morey-St.-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vougeot, Flagey-Échezeaux and Vosne-Romanee. Some of the vineyards within the Côte de Nuits are tiny, which adds to their prestige. The fabled Grand Cru vineyard La Romanee is barely two square acres. Altogether there are twenty-four Grand Cru vineyards. The region takes its name from the village of Nuits-Saint-Georges. Côtes de Nuits produces mostly reds from Pinot Noir, and the wines have been in demand for centuries. During the 18th century King Louis XIV’s physician recommended that for his health the king only drink wines from Nuits-Saint-Georges. Like most of Burgundy, the soils of the Côte de Nuit can vary greatly from one vineyard to another, though most are a base soil of limestone mixed with clay, gravel and sand.

TYPE

Red Wine, Pinot Noir, 1er (Premier) Cru

This red wine is relatively light and can pair with a wide variety of foods. The grape prefers cooler climates and the wine is most often associated with Burgundy, Champagne and the U.S. west coast. Regional differences make it nearly as fickle as it is flexible.