DOMAINE DOMINIQUE GRUHIER – EPINEUIL, BURGUNDY

The estate itself was founded in 1212 and operated under the authority of the Cistercian Abbey of Notre Dame de Quincy. The Gruhier took over the running of the Domaine in 1990 and immediately went to work with a plan of converting all the 28 hectares of vineyards to Organic viticulture. This dream became a reality from 2014 when the Domaine was certified Organic. Gruhier have their own nursery to be able to conduct Massal selection to continually experiment with clonal material.

Epineuil is a tiny commune of only 100 hectares in total. Just NE of Chablis, making it a very cool winemaking region. The famous Kimmeridgian limestone soils, like that of Chablis, combined with a unique microclimate, facilitate very good growing conditions for Pinot Noir & Chardonnay. This microclimate is due to the Langres Plateau which protects the vineyards of Epineuil from extremely cold winds that would otherwise create unfavorable conditions for Pinot Noir. The Cote de Grisey is the appellation’s most famous terrior. with its near non-existent topsoil and up to a 45% slope and South East facing.

After harvest the grapes are sorted and transferred to stainless steel or wood vats by gravity to his underground cellar. Wild fermentation in tank (combination of whole bunch but strictly based on vintage conditions although he likes to this technique particularly in Dannots and Juliette). No sulphur used during elevage using CO2 from ferment to protect the wine in 10% oak barrels of 228 liters (pieces) or in 600-liter (half-muid) of which 10% are new.