95 Insider Points

92 Points - Wine Spectator

REVIEWS

Wines Like This Are The Reason Why I Love My Job.

This is an amazing Pinot Noir. I have many Burgundies coming across my desk, and this ranks among the best. This is the wine to take when you're dressed to impress. I'm a happy camper with every sip.

Smoky cassis and black raspberry nose. Well balanced on the palate with ripe blackberry, pomegranate, tart cherry and stony minerality. The finish is lengthy with ripe and juicy tannins. I'm holding back everything I can to keep from chugging.

95 Points - JZ January '17


"Ripe and smoky, boasting black cherry, blackberry, floral and iron aromas and flavors. This combines power and finesse with terrific balance and fine length. Drink now through 2023. 15 cases imported".
– Wine Spectator

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

Lauded as one of the best winegrowers in the region, 5th generation winemaker Pierre Damoy is known as “Mister Chambertin” locally, and for a very good reason. His Chambertin is a majestic union of power and grace, and while costly, an experience that no Burgundy lover should miss.

Pierre’s deep understanding of his vineyards makes him an outstanding steward of the land. The modern winery stands in contrast to a minimalist approach in the vineyard. Damoy is not in the business to make as much money as possible—his is a passion of the heart. And so, all the way from the heights of Grand Cru Chambertin to this—a dancing, brilliant Marsannay from one of Burgundy’s least-hyped villages—are standard bearers. Marsannay has not been gifted a single Premier or Grand Cru vineyard, however so specialized is the “lieu dit” Les Longeroies, domaines are allowed by law to label wine made from here as such.

Drink this vibrant, still young Pinot Noir with poultry, beef or cheeses now for its plummy fruit and sotto bosco finish or age it for a handful of years and marvel at a Marsannay done only as a master in the craft can, that is, exactly, precisely right. 


Four reasons we love it:

  • Because Marsannay does not have the prestige of its famous neighbors in the south, the wines of this commune are among the best values to be had in all of the Cote de Nuits.
  • In the words of Burgundy expert Clive Coates: “2012 has turned out, not merely 'all right', but really very good indeed... I have already heard the wines referred to as 'classic'. There are some who regard the potential of 2012 reds as superior to anything recent, and that includes 2010, 2009, 2005 and other years.”
  • The family owned and operated Domaine Damoy is currently run by Pierre Damoy, who took over from his father in the early 1990s. Pierre is responsible for bringing quality back to the heights of the domaine’s releases from the 1950s and ‘60s when Damoy was one of the top names in the Cote d’Or.
  • Rather than follow a strictly organic approach in the vineyard, which often means copper additives in the soil to minimize pests and vine disease, Pierre Damoy encourages grass growth between vines to keeps disease out while maintaining soil that is neutral and copper free.
TASTING NOTES 

Smoky cassis and black raspberry nose. Well balanced on the palate with ripe blackberry, pomegranate, tart cherry and stony minerality. The finish is lengthy with ripe and juicy tannins.

THE STORY TO KNOW

Pierre Damoy took over from his uncle, Jacques Damoy, in 1992.  The domaine has been in the family for five generations, founded by Pierre's great-great-grandfather, Julien. Today, the domaine is 10.6 hectares and eight of the ten are located in the most-esteemed Grand Cru in Burgundy. The domaine owns one-third of the magnificent Chambertin-Clos de Bèze (5.36ha), 40% of Chapelle-Chambertin (2.2ha) and they boast one hectare of Chambertin. The oldest vines of the domaine were planted in 1920 and are located in the Clos de Bèze and in the monopole of the domaine, Gevrey-Chambertin Clos Tamisot.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

Pan seared duck breast and herb roasted fingerling potatoes. Pair with rich creamy cheeses like Cowgirl Mt. Tam, Point Reye's Toma and the famous Humboldt Fog.