Mission Codename La séduction
The Guigal is sold out. Shouldn’t come as a shock, they are an icon!
This Monday is young, it’s early in the day and the week, so a Double Agent you say?
How about we stay in France, also at $55 after half off and 95 points, but go to Burgundy?
After all, who doesn’t love getting slapped in the face with freshly picked dusty red cherries?
Very few wines can do that.
This is one of them. It’s essentially cut off the same cloth as Chambertin’s Grand Crus just up the hill, from vines touching a CENTURY of age, with insanely small, concentrated, perfect Pinot Noir berries.
It’s a SUPERB Gevrey for a FRACTION of its worth. At the $110 release price a crazy good value, but when beaten down to full submission like this, it’s an absurd “Bargaindy” as Agent Noir calls these outliers.
We only have a dozen or so cases left to share with Operatives who “get” the urgency here, you’re one of them.
Master of Wine Charles Curtis, who penned the eloquent Decanter review for this beauty, is a friend of Agent Noirs. He’s one of the world’s most respected experts on the wines of Champagne and Burgundy. When he points out a “lovely surprise” that’s “worthy of seeking out” there’s no reason to hesitate. While Charles often reports on glorious (once-in-a-lifetime for most of us) verticals of Romanée-Conti or Clos du Mesnil as if they were bistro bargains, his other superpower is hunting astonishing values down.
The Seguin old vines plot that explains the magic in this bottle lies on the Mazoyères side of Chambertin, within a stone’s throw of Morey-Saint-Denis where the red berry tones of Gevrey start melding with the quintessentially Morey darker black cherries and currants. In other words, the intoxicating perfume and the riveting palate are akin to a basket of wild berries red and black on their way to baking a warm pie a la mode. Feel free to creatively use this vinous treasure as an aphrodisiac elixir, it’s destined to work.
Cheers, Charles, this ought to make you proud.
95 Points – Decanter
“A lovely surprise, with more depth and concentration than one would expect from a village-level Gevrey. A bright cherry, raspberry and blackberry fruit is elegantly scented with violets and earth on the nose. The texture is firm and tannic but not astringent at all - there is structure and depth, and a supple elegance suggesting that it should age well. The vines were planted in 1920 and partially replanted in 1950. Today they deliver a wine worthy of seeking out. Drink 2025-45.”
What the Winery Says
2020 Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes
- Jérôme Seguin
- 100% Pinot Noir
- Gevrey-Chambertin, Côte de Nuits, Bourgogne
- Clay & Limestone
- Average vine age
- 40 years
- 12-18 months
- 100% French oak (30% new)