Oh my word you can feel the concentration of this beauty on lifting the glass! I wrote that the open, expressive, massive, soupy, red and black fruited monster of a 2018 was a one off. This goes up a step. Christophe has 42 ares but produced only 8 barrels in 2019. It’s another remarkable Vaucrains and another that deserves at least two ticks in this range. 2030 to 2044.
Producer Information: Domaine Jean Chauvenet
These cellars, carefully managed since 1990 by Jean's son in law Christophe Drag, are just off the main road. Fork right as you go north out of town and you will be treated to some of the best around. Vineyard holdings are relatively large here but in Bousselots, Vaucrains and Perrieres; Christophe has some of the finest 1er Cru vineyards in the Cotes de Nuits. Truly outstanding in recent years such as 2006, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2015, 2016, 2018 and 2019. He harvests into very small crates and so cleaner and less damaged fruit can be moved directly into the fermentation vats without the need of auger or pump. Almost all the fruit was de-stemmed and there is a cool pre-fermentation maceration for 5 to 6 days.
There are two 1er Cru vineyards north of town and two south. As the village wine incorporates some of the 1er Cru and finer village vineyards it is a very good buy for drinking in 2 or 3 years.
Christophe often delays harvest for the higher vineyards such as Damodes and Perrieres.