Alexandrine Roy has managed her family Domaine in Gevrey-Chambertin since 2003, a 4th generation grower with a collection of tiny parcels, all at the village level. Her plots are all very old vines (45-100+ years), meticulously farmed by her own hands and managed organically. With careful selection, total destemming, gentle winemaking and low levels of new oak she coaxes Premier Cru quality out of her parcels.
Clos Prieur is a small vineyard, split into a 1er Cru parcel at the top (Haut) and a village parcel (Bas) where Alexandrine’s vines are planted. The vineyard sits below the Grand Cru Mazis-Chambertin and rests in the alluvial fan that washes out of the Combe de Lavaux. The combination of rocks and clay give the vines a good balance of water drainage / retention, the latter more important in 2019.
'Clos Prieur is the signature wine of the Domaine and was easily my favourite in the tasting. First made in 1982 by Alexandrine’s father it glows with crimson energy, flowing onto a medium-bodied palate with flavours of boysenberry and pomegranate. The fresh and positive tension continues right through the finish, the tannins crisp and vigorous boding well for time in the cellar. Compared to the 2016 which was tasted at the Domaine it’s much more perfumed and red fruited, a surprising contrast given the stark differences in the two growing seasons. Despite being a village wine this is much more serious than you might expect and was one of the highlights of the overall tasting.' Justin Knock MW, tasted in London in December 2020.