Robert Parker 89
Tasted blind at the Burgfest tasting in Beaune, the 2013 Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Bel-Air has a loose-knit, open bouquet, “airy” in style and needing more fruité to come through with bottle age. There is a floral aspect here, rose petals and a touch of iris. The palate is medium-bodied with supple red cherries and strawberry fruit, a pleasant grip in the mouth, the finish more “solid” than the aromatics at the moment. Quite steely in texture, there is just a touch of reduction here that will dissipate with time in bottle. I just feel it has lost some of its chutzpah that it showed in barrel, but it is still a decent Gevrey premier cru for the vintage. Tasted September 2016.
Anticipated maturity: 2017-2027
Bright medium red. Musky soil tones, smoky minerality, coffee and black pepper on the nose, all lifted by a perfumed floral quality. Tart cranberry and raspberry flavors are complemented by saline minerality, with strong acidity accentuating the impression of inner-mouth tension. Not especially fleshy or broad but boasts terrific energy. The wine’s firm tannic spine and strong minerality call for patience. Very 2013 in style.
Anticipated maturity: 2022-2031