2019 Domaine Marc Roy Gevrey Chambertin Cuvee Alexandrine
The Roy family has been cultivating grapes for four generations and in 1982, they began bottling their own production to fulfil their passion. With much effort and an acute focus on further enhancing their wines, Marc and his daughter Alexandrine bought a few more blocks of vineyards to increase the size of the Domaine to four hectares. In 2003, Alexandrine took over the Domaine with the intent on further raising the bar. Gradually, she reduced the yields, to produce fewer but better grapes with greater concentration of flavour. The vineyards are grown organically, strictly maintained, with great attention to detail.
The Domaine is composed of 3.5 hectares of Pinot Noir for four different cuvées. The cuvée “Alexandrine” was created in 2005 to showcase Alexandrine’s talent. She selects the grapes over six of her favourite plots of vineyards. She is only taking the grapes that are “millerandées” meaning the grapes that are naturally smaller and concentrated. It requires a doubly long selection process and twice as many locations to create this cuvée with Grand Cru complexity, sans the Grand Cru price tag.
The 2019 Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée Alexandrine derives, as usual, from vines within Roy's six favorite parcels that produce tiny, shot berries. Unwinding to reveal aromas of sweet berries, orange rind, peonies and rose petals, it's medium to full-bodied, elegant and perfumed, with ultra-fine tannins, lively acids and a deep, seamless profile. While it's approachable young in this charming vintage, it has more than enough substance to age. Drink 2021 - 2039.
William Kelley - Wine Advocate (Oct 2021)
Discreet wood is presently on the compositionally similar if ever-so-slightly riper nose. There is again excellent intensity and delineation to the delicious and sappy middle weight flavors that are a bit denser though somewhat surprisingly given this wine's excellent track record, they are no more complex on the firm but not really austere finale. This too is a very good villages that should benefit from a few years of bottle aging. Drink 2026+
Allen Meadows - Burghound