Dugat-Py, Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes 2011

The Gevrey Chambertin V.V. 2011 is a classic Dugat-Py. In the nose tight and quite compact red and dark berry fruit – mainly notes of raspberries .. spiced with hints of oak and gun powder. On the palate equally tight with a good structure, pure raspberry fruit … quite muscular and weighty for a village. Will need plenty of time to unfold.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2022) – Good (86p) – Tasted 26/02/2014.

Photo by Frederik Kreutzer

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Dugat-Py, Gevrey-Chambertin Lavaux Saint Jacques 1999

The Laveaux Saint Jacques 1999 from Dugat-Py is a dense and youthful wine. In the bouquet loads of primary fruit … slightly monolithic .. with powerful notes of raspberries – quite dark fruit but still expressive and forward. On the palate rich and muscular yet quite silky fruit … a powerhouse with more balance than refinement. On the positive side .. a big and quite harmonious wine. On the negative side .. somewhat extracted and with almost no sign of maturity at age 15. Will this ever develop full complexity … or will the extraction continue to dominate the wine? In this case the fruit is abundant – so will give a chance – and therefore a very good+ rating.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2020) – Very Good+ (91p) – Tasted 25/10/2013.


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Dugat-Py, Gevrey Chambertin Coeur de Roy 1999

The Coeur de Roy 1999 is starting to show. In the nose dark and intense fruit – notes of raspberries, blueberries, a hint of iron, sous-bois and truffle peel. On the palate dense and very weighty for a village, with a powerful structure of tannins as a backbone. The midpalate fruit is quite lovely but the finish is still somewhat rustic and tannic . A very robust village – need 5 years more in the cellar to unfold – but will most likely never be the epitome of refinement.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Very Good (89p) – Tasted 27/09/2013


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Dugat-Py, Gevrey Chambertin Coeur du Roy 2002

The Gevrey Coeur du Roy is starting to show some matuing notes. In the nose quite sweet red notes … strawberries, the classic Dugat-Py raspberries – but also hints of tar and prunes. On the palate sweet red fruit notes in a quite strong tannic framework. It’s quite focused and muscular for a village wine. It is clearly Gevrey … but not a great expression of terroir – with a fruity/extracted rather than a mineralic finish. A very good village in the making but slightly monolithic so far.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Very Good (90p) – Tasted 27/04/2013.


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Dugat-Py, Mazis Chambertin 2000

The Mazis Chambertin 2000 from Dugat-Py is still surprisingly youthful and fresh. In the bouquet ripe and deep red berry fruit with fresh notes of raspberries – spiced with truffles and a lovely earthy minerlity. On the palate layers of deep and intense red fruit – complex, rich and quite dense. It’s long, harmonious and perfectly balanced – very impressive for the vintage. It’s drinking quite well now … but will improve with further cellaring. Bottom line – a great effort for the 2000 vintage – but lacking the depth and nerve of a great vintage.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Fine+ (92p) – Tasted 15/06/2013.

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Dugat-Py, Gevrey-Chambertin Petite-Chapelle 2002

The 2002 Gevrey Chambertin Petite Chapelle from Dugat-P is still young and quite vibrant. In the nose fresh raspberry notes … beginning to have more complex hints of truffle and sous-bois. On the palate fresh and juicy raspberry fruit … fine length with a quite intense earthy minerality in the finish. It’s quite undeveloped and slightly austere with it’s slightly monolitich fruit and tar notes. Nevertheless a quite refined effort … but need time to unfold. I have quite high expectations for the 02 Dugat-Py wines … and really hope they will get some complex mature notes before the lovely fruit declines …

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2016) – Fine (91p) – Tasted 15/06/2013.


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Dugat-Py, Gevrey-Chambertin Petite-Chapelle 1993

The combination of the 1993 vintage and the vinification style of Bernard Dugat-Py in the mid 90s could potentially go very wrong – but somehow it doesn’t. The Petite-Chapelle 93 offer quite fresh raspberry fruit, a earthy minerality, notes of tar and even slight hints of forest floor. The nose is rustic but surprisingly youthful and fruity. On the palate quite rustic with the dominant somewhat crude 1993 struture combined with a quite good midpalate fruit. It’s very much alive – but strangely undeveloped lacking a bit of complexity from matured notes. Will it gain this complexity before the structure wins the battle with the fruit …. not likely! Not a bad wine though ..

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink Now) – Good+ (88p) – Tasted 15/06/2013.


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In the Glass – Dugat-Py matured!

Dugat-Py in Gevrey-Chambertin is in many ways a quite extreme producer, with very concentrated and intense wines. Some really adore his style, while others dislike the quite extracted wines he makes.


While the level of extraction have been reduced since the 90s it’s still interesting to see how these more extracted vintages are ageing today.

This weekend I had the chance to taste three older Dugat-Py wines – Petite-Chapelle 1993 + 2002 and Mazis-Chambertin 2000.

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Dugat-Py, Gevrey Chambertin Coeur du Roy 2010

The Dugat-Py Coeur du Roy 2010 is a big dense village wine. The bouquet is quite expressive with loads of lush red and dark fruit spiced with oak and a quite strong floral note. The palate offer a incredible concentration for a village wine – it’s big, quite openly knit and with a weight of a 1er cru. The terroir expression does however not quite match the abundant concentration, and this does leave you with a somewhat rustic feel. Would have loved a stronger expression of Gevrey Chambertin terroir to match the amazing concentration – and a little less producer impression. Nevertheless it’s a very good wine – concentrated well beyond it’s level.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2025) – Very Good+ 90p – Tasted 20/02/2013


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Dugat-Py, Vosne Romanee Vieilles Vignes 2002

The Vosne-Romanee 2002 V.V. is really starting to show. It’s made from the two Flagey lieux-dits, Les Quartier de Nuits and Les Violettes. The bouquet is showing sweet red fruit with notes of raspberries, sous-bois, asian spices – hints of violets, orange peel. On the palate still quite some grip from the tannins, but also a good concentration of maturing red fruit. The fruit is dense and well structured with a both silky and tannic touch. It’s focused, quite refined and very powerful for this level. Need 5 years more to unfold the palate. A very good effort – would however have prefered a little less Dugat-Py and more Vosne-Romanee.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2017) – Very Good+ 90p – Tasted 22/01/2013


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Dugat-Py, Gevrey-Chambertin Laveaux Saint Jacques 2002

The Laveaux St. Jacques from Dugat-Py is starting to show some matured complexity. In the bouquet sweet red fruits – strawberries and raspberries – with notes of sous Bois, orange peel and tar. Powerful and muscular on the palate with a quite strong tannic grip in the finish … but not that far from being open. Starting to show some juicy red fruit on the midpalate – has good energy and fine length with a quite spicy acidity. Needs a few more years in the cellar to show more complexity on the palate. A fine wine … but slightly rustic.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink from 2016) – Fine 92p – Tasted 16/11/2012


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Dugat-Py, Gevrey Chambertin Coeur du Roy 1999

Coeur du Roy 1999 from Dugat-Py is still rather closed, but is showing sweet notes and a good promise. In the nose tar, sweet cherries and strawberry fruit. On he palate quite tight fruit – slightly extracted. After some time in the glass the tigtht and tarry fruit opens with very nice sweet notes on the palate – strawberry aromas. The fruit and he tannins are ripe, and the wine is well balanced. Need another 5 to 10 years in the celler to show the full potential. In my view very good but a bit on the extracted side.

20120309-125513.jpg(Drink From 2018) Very Good – 90p

Tasted 04/04/2012


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Dugat-Py, Gevrey Chambertin Coeur du Roy 2002

The 2002 vintage from Dugat-Py is very charming compared to the quite dark style of the older vintages. The Coeur du Roy is no exception, and it’s now really beginning to show. In the bouquet quite some matured notes. Red fruit, slight orange peel, a hint of tar. On he palate very juicy with a nice balance with both red and dark fruits – delicate cool and ripe fruit. Very vibrant with fine fruit aromas, complimented with orange notes and cassis in the finish. A very charming wine, drinking well now but will improve further the next 5 to 10 years.

(Drink from 2018) Fine – 91p

Tasted 04/02/2012


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Dugat-Py, Gevrey Chambertin VV 2002

The VV 2002 is showing some mature notes in the bouquet, but is still rather closed on the palate. Still some hard tannins, and a core of dark unresolved fruit – typical Dugat-Py. Not showing at the moment, and needs additional time in the celler. Not a big wine, and it really need to mature and soften, before it will be a real pleasure.

(from 2016) Good – 87p


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Bernard Dugat-Py, Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru 2002

First time in a long time I have tasted Dugat-Py 2002. More open than expected, and showing some red fruit and sweet notes in the bouquet along with some tar. Also quite open on the palate, with quite some lush coulis fruit. Would have expected a more closed wine, but the 2002s seems like they are getting mature notes before than first expected. I really like what I taste, fine balance, very good concentration and length, while the terroir is good rather than great. A fine wine with a good future, need more time still have a core of Dugat-Py darkness.

(from 2017) 92p


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WineHog rating system – articulated Robert Parker!!

Tasting and rating wine is not exact science … and therefore I prefer to use a scale that reflects that wine is a living organism and that a wine can taste like 94 points one day … and 93 the next day … depending on the moon, the glass, temperature and or my mood!

I therefore use my own rating system here at Winehog.org – a rating system inspired by some of the British wine reviewers but adapted to my view on the Burgundy wines.

The end of points

I have been using the 100 point scale for two decades, and the problems using this scale became more and more apparent during the work with winehog.org. It’s very hard .. or perhaps even impossible to truly consistent ratings with a scale like the 100 points scale.

I therefore changed to my own scale … but still translates my ratings to points … as a service to the readers who prefer the 100 point scale.

The potential is defined by the terroir

The quality or the potential of a wine is in my view defined by the terroir as the complexity and depth in the wine comes from the terroir – that’s the essence of Burgundy – and that’s why Burgundy is so interesting, intriguing and sometimes even frustrating.

It’s very important to note that only the very best terroirs can merrit a top rating. If we look at the best 1er crus – they can indeed rival a lot of the lesser grand cru wines, but it’s very rare to find a 1er cru that can merrit an outstanding rating. And while the best village wines can be fine, they are still village wines – and can almost never merrit a “very fine” rating.

Here is the winehog.org rating system:

  • Legendary
  • Extraordinary
  • Outstanding
  • Very Fine
  • Fine
  • Very Good
  • Good
  • Above Average
  • Average
  • Below Average
  • Poor

The winehog rating system – converted to points

As mentioned I have indeed used the 100 point scale for many years, and to me it feels natural but sadly also somewhat limiting for work. But as a service to the readers I normally convert the winehog rating to points or a point interval for the readers who prefer this system.

Winehog rating system with the point equivalence:

  • Legendary – (99 – 100p)
  • Extraordinary – (97 – 98p)
  • Outstanding – (95 – 96p)
  • Very Fine – (93 – 94p)
  • Fine – (91 – 92p)
  • Very Good – (88 – 90p)
  • Good – (85 – 87p)
  • Above Average – (80 – 84p)
  • Average – (75 – 79p)
  • Below Average – (70 – 74p)
  • Poor – (50 – 69p)

… enjoy the wines … and forget the points and ratings!