Domaine Camus-Bruchon, 2018 Savigny-Lès-Beaune, 1er Cru, Les Gravains
93 pts-View from the Cellar-John Gilman
The 2018 Camus-Bruchon Gravains is also a lovely wine in the making, with its nose quite expressive at the time of my visit, but the palate still a bit reserved and hunkered down. The bouquet delivers plenty of refinement in its blend of black cherries, sweet dark berries, gamebird, dark soil tones, woodsmoke, a nice touch of balsam bough, cedar and the village’s signature spice elements in the upper register. On the palate there is plenty of fruit down at the core and lovely soil signature, but this full-bodied wine is structured out of the blocks and will need a good decade to blossom. The tannins here are ripe and beautifully integrated, the wine shows lovely focus and balance and plenty of grip on the very long finish. This will be excellent in the fullness of time. 2028-2065.
A more reserved and more deeply pitched nose speaks of liqueur-like plum, cassis and warm earth. The succulent, rounded and delicious medium-bodied flavors exude a subtle bead of minerality on the ever-so-mildly austere and rasp.