“complexity and harmony”
Pierre DAMOY has been responsible for this impressive estate since July 1992, when he took over for his uncle. Pierre found himself at the helm of what is indeed one of the jewels of the Côte d’Or: 25 acres of vines, 75% of which lie in 3 of the most esteemed Grands Crus in Burgundy. the Domaine owns 35% of the magnificent Chambertin-Clos de Bèze growth and 40% of Chapelle-Chambertin.
Viti/viniculture: With a diploma in general agriculture , Pierre possesses a studied understanding of the dynamics of the vineyard . He generally favors a manual approach, including ploughing, green harvesting and leaf thinning and uses no herbicides. Sprays and interventions are limited to a minimum and the integrity of the soil and the law of Nature are extremely important . The grapes are harvested by hand as late as possible to obtain maximum ripeness . Severe sorting of the fruit in the vineyard before and during the harvest and again at the winery . The stalks are removed but the grapes are not milled with a view to keeping the berries intact Prior to fermenting, grapes undergo a maceration of 6-7 and sometimes 10 to 15 days below 15°C ; fermentation lasts 10 -15 days in open vats, with caps punched down manually . The “grandes cuvees “ are matured in 70 to 100 % new oak including the Tamisot ; 30 à 50% for the rest in small Bertranges and Allier oak casks The wines remain on their original lees until bottling which generally takes place after 18 months but occasionally 21 even 36 months depending on vintage style under Pierre’s strict supervision without fining or filtering.
Pierre has been in charge at this family domaine for almost twenty years now, although he still doesn’t seem old enough! Half of the domaine’s impress holdings are Clos de Bèze, some of which Pierre sells off in grapes, keeping the best stuff for himself. He makes wines powerful in youth that see a fair bit of oak but as they age they develop real poise, complexity and harmony.
91-93 points Robert Parker’s Wine Advocate
Produced from a parcel located on the extreme northern end of its vineyard, just below Domaine Armand Rousseau’s, Pierre Damoy’s 1999 Chambertin was harvested at 32 hectoliters per hectare. It is medium to dark ruby-colored and reveals licorice, sweet cherry, blackberry, toasted oak, and spice flavors. This full-bodied wine has huge concentration to its rich and intense character. It is highly structured and youthfully austere, yet loaded with powerful black fruits and a strong oak influence. Anticipated maturity: 2005-2013. (8/ 2001)