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The record-setting Gevrey-Chambertin village, located in the heart of the Côte de Nuits, has in its boundaries some of the prime vineyards in the world. Its village and Premier Cru production amounts to almost 200,000 cases, solely of red wine, each year. The 1,000 acres of land specified for the AOC makes Gevrey-Chambertin the largest Côte de Nuits village appellation in terms of acreage, and in the Côte d'Or second only to the village of Beaune.

There are 26 Premier Cru vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin, several of which produce an amazing amount of wine and are famous in their own right. In addition, the village has 9 Grands Crus, which trumps Vosne-Romanée's 6 and is by far the most Grands Crus of any village in Burgundy. This amazing achievement is often overlooked by those who prefer the even more incredible wines of Vosne-Romanée, but Gevrey-Chambertin must take at least second in any analysis of Côte de Nuits villages.

Gevrey-Chambertin's main advantage is derived from its unique combination of quantity and quality. There are almost 10 square miles in the village and, as mentioned earlier, they yield over 1,000 acres of vineyards, but less than 200 of these are carefully designated Premier Cru vineyards. Strangely, there is actually more Grand Cru acreage within the Gevrey-Chambertin village: a record-smashing total of 211 acres of Grands Crus. This makes a total of 40% of the vineyards that are designated...quite impressive statistics.

Known for their traditionally powerful style, Gevrey-Chambertin village and Premier Cru wines often need more time to reach maturity than the Grand Cru wines. This somewhat unusual circumstance arises from a lower level of refinement and balance being found in the non-Grand Cru offerings. Generally, however, after 10-20 years Gevrey-Chambertin village and Premier Cru wines will be just sublime. And they tend to offer better value than their main competitors, Gevrey's own Grands Crus and Vosne-Romanée. Although not inexpensive, they are good values next to Vosne-Romanée's boutique-priced styles.


Gevrey-Chambertin's long history as a Côte d'Or village included winemaking since almost the beginning. In fact, the historical village may have actually been the first place vines were planted in Burgundy, although this is not yet definitively proven. According to archaeological discoveries, vines have been planted here since the 1st century B.C. The initial technique was amateurish and made for what was most likely an awful wine, but the appellation's history nonetheless inspires confidence and awe.

The village AOC was created in 1936. In addition to outlawing white wine, the accompanying regulations set the usual requirements for yields and alcohol levels. A year later, the Grand Cru AOCs were designated. In recent years, Gevrey-Chambertin has improved its reputation further; rather than resting on its laurels as a great Burgundian village, it has cemented its reputation as one.

Climate and Viticulture

In almost the entire Gevrey-Chambertin village, Premier Cru, and Grand Cru designations, the weather and rainfall conditions are so perfect as to make Pinot Noir practically a tailored grape for the area. It's hard to imagine any other grapes growing there and making wine so good. Rocky, sandy soil in the east of the village makes for poor wine, and so few vineyards out here are designated Premier Cru. But marl and limestone reaches greater concentration in the Premier and Grand Cru vineyards, some of which are on slopes in order to further improve the character of the wine grown there by absorbing the sun's heat.

Grape Varieties

Major Producers

These high-priced wines are highly competitive, as a number of producers own Gevrey-Chambertin land, so among the many leaders there are a great deal of outstanding cuvées to be had. Most of these have prices somewhere in the three figures, so this is not exactly the village for bargain wine. But there are a number of great wines here that are, at their respective prices, relatively more valuable than some overinflated Grand Cru wines.

Our tally of leading producers in the Gevrey-Chambertin village concluded with 19 producers making the cut. They are listed below, while their wines are sorted by Premier Cru under the Subregions heading.


The amazing Gevrey-Chambertin appellation contains numerous lieux-dits, 26 Premiers Crus, and a record-breaking nine Grands Crus. The basic village wine from producers such as Serafin, despite its connotation of modest quality, can often supersede Premier Cru wines from other villages. At the lieu-dit level, there are a few notable non-premier vineyard sites, notably from domaines Dugat Py, Fourrier, Denis Mortet, Geantet Pansiot, and Joseph Roty. As for the Premiers Crus, there are exactly 26.

The nine Grands Crus are as follows.