Gevrey-Chambertin 'Clos Village', Domaine Des Tilleuls, Philippe Livera, Burgundy 2015

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Gevrey-Chambertin 'Clos Village', Domaine Des Tilleuls, Philippe Livera, Burgundy 2015

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Philippe Livera’s wines are made to be enjoyed, which may sound trite, but there are so many Burgundian winemakers whose wines are made for navel-gazing, that it’s actually worth highlighting a producer whose style is open and generous and made for convivial enjoyment. While other winemakers are busy trying to express limestone and clay, Philippe takes the radical step of letting the fruit take centre stage. This cuvée, from a walled vineyard in the heart of Gevrey-Chambertin, is plump and delicious and redolent of strawberries that have been warmed by the sun and sweet morello cherries. It’s ample and round and overcrowded with fruit, yet somehow carries a sense of place almost in spite of itself. Drink now-2030.

Press reviews:

Jancis Robinson MW: “Dark crimson. Light, well-balanced nose. Masses of ripe fruit with attractive bitter-cherry finish. Sinewy. Good green-leaf freshness though certainly ripe enough. Very long and lively. Good Value. Drink 2023-2032.” 17 points

Vinous: “This 1.5-hectare holding features a range of vine ages, the youngest parcel planted in 1982. Dark ruby-red. Aromas of black cherry and liquorice are lifted by an element of crushed stone. Dense, rich and fresh, showing a more refined, less chunky texture than the CNV as well as greater inner-mouth energy. Delivers a superb combination of sucrosité and lift. Finishes with strong, dusty tannins that avoid dryness. An excellent village wine. Drink 2020-2028.” 91 points

Vinous (tasted from barrel): “40% new oak; from vines on rocky soil just across from the house and winery in the middle of the village. Dark ruby-red. Very reticent but pure scents of purple fruits, minerals and liquorice; an essence of Gevrey-Chambertin. Sharply delineated, extremely tight and primary, but also with exceptional fullness for village wine. These 2015s are all fruit bombs but this one boasts terrific chalky minerality to go with its gras. The rising, very long finish features serious tannins that will require serious aging. A portion of these vines dates back to 1934. Another outstanding village wine.” (91-93) points

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