Dugat Py-Gevrey Chambertin-1er Cru Lavaux Saint Jacques 2015
Sales price HK$2,550
Bernard Dugat's son Loîc has now completely taken over the domaine though Bernard continues to help out. The younger Dugat noted that the domaine is now certified as organic though it doesn't represent any change in viticultural philosophy as the domaine has been farmed this way for years. As to the 2015 growing season "it was really hot and sunny though our vines, probably because most of them are so old with well-developed root systems, did not seem to suffer much hydric stress. There was no disease pressure to speak of and by the time we began picking on the 5th of September, the fruit was both super clean and very ripe. Yields were slightly lower than in 2014 at 22 hl/ha versus the 25 hl/ha we realized the prior year. Potential alcohols were excellent at between 13 and 13.3% and thus nothing was chaptalized plus the stems were both ripe and clean so as usual we utilized a very high proportion that ranged from 50 to basically 100%. The style of the wines is interesting because they're so fresh and well-balanced that they don't drink like they were produced by such a warm vintage." It won't surprise fans of the domaine to hear that in a vintage like 2015 that the domaine produced stunningly good wines that are, as always, built-to-age. In fact, so much so that it bears repeating: the Dugat-Py wines are built for the very long haul. As such, in my view, it is largely pointless to open them young but if you can't resist then be sure to allow them plenty of time in a decanter first. Dugat also said that his 2014s, five of which are revisited below, were bottled in March 2016 without fining or filtration.