93 Insider Points

REVIEWS

As Burgundy Goes, Damoy is a Consistent Winner.

Of the selection of Burgundies that we were fortunate enough to acquire this past year, Pierre Damoy's labels has been one that usually has my head nodding "yes". When my wallet is not in the mood for Grand Cru, these wines are a great go-to when I am craving the sleek elegance of French Pinot Noir. As with his other releases, the 2013 Rouge got right onto my good side. 

Cherry and forest floor aromas float from the glass. A juicy palate with ripe acidity, showing cranberry, raspberry, flinty minerality and a nice showing of light-bodied tannin. The finish is mid-length with a tone of pomegranate. Another good place for Burgundy newbies to jump in. 93 Points - JZ March '18

WHY WE LOVE IT
  • BLEND
    Pinot Noir
  • APPELLATION
    Côte d'Or, Burgundy, France
  • ALCOHOL
    13.50%
  • SIZE
    750ml

The wines of Domaine Pierre Damoy are nothing short of pure pearls in Gevrey-Chambertin. Domaine Founded in the last century, today, Pierre Damoy is one of the most recognized names in the appellation. Here, our Sourcing Team secured a production worthy of the Grand Cru status the producer is renowned for.

Four Reasons:

·    Family owned 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 strict organic approach in the vineyard, which often means copper additives to minimize pests and vine disease, Pierre Damoy encourages grass growth between vines to keep out disease while maintaining soil that is insecticide and copper free.

·     Damoy’s oldest vines (planted in 1920) can be found in Clos de Bèze and in the estate’s tiny monopole Gevrey-Chambertin ‘Clos Tamisot.’

·    The 2013 vintage was rated 92 points or “Outstanding” by the Wine Advocate for reds and 92 points as well from the Wine Spectator.

Lauded as one of the best winegrowers in all of Burgundy, 5th generation winemaker Pierre Damoy practically bleeds Pinot Noir. His commitment to and deep understanding of his historic vineyards also makes him an outstanding steward of the land and one of the region’s most environmentally conscious viticulturalists.

Of the domaine’s 10.6 hectares of vines, more than 8 are located in three of the best Grand Cru in all of Burgundy—Chambertin-Clos de Bèze, Chapelle-Chambertin and Chambertin itself. 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 simple Bourgogne Rouge—Damoy’s Burgundies are standard bearers. Sourced from domaine-owned plots in Fixin and purchased Pinot Noir from Couchey, this woodsy, cherry-scented Bourgogne Rouge works beautifully with poultry, cheeses and pork, and is one of Burgundy’s most stellar values from the wonderful 2013 vintage.

Personally sourced by invino Founder & unequivocal Burghound, Tony Westfall, this wine was secured for its exceptional quality and unprecedented value.

Deserving of its Burgundian class and neighbor status to some of the world's most sought-after producers (Domaine de la Romanée-Conti, Henri Jayer, and Domaine Armand Rousseau to name a few), this wine wonderfully showcases the grandeur of this historic wine region.

Offered as a limited selection, explore more about this wine below or contact us directly for personal assistance.

TASTING NOTES 

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.

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 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.

Pierre possesses an astute understanding of the dynamics of the vineyard and favors a hands-on, environmentally friendly approach. He plows the soil regularly for weed control rather than spraying herbicides, and he opts to use humus over synthetic fertilizers. No insecticides are used and copper applications are used sparingly as needed for mildew. Pierre completed a total modernization of the winery by 2002, with a focus on gentle winemaking equipment and the ability to ferment each small block of vines separately to capture the personality of each site’s terroir.  The wines are aged for 14-18 months in 70-100% new oak for the grand cru and 30-50% new oak on the village and premier cru.  After aging on the fine lees, the wines are bottled without fining or filtration.

Coupled with the domaine's holdings, Pierre's work in the vineyards and changes in the cellar have put the domaine on track to be one of the very best in the Côte de Nuits.

PERFECT PAIRINGS

This will pair with a savory filet mignon, salmon, or roasted vegetables.