Dominique Gruhier

Dominique Gruhier

The Story

In 2012, this historic estate celebrated its 800th anniversary under one very motivated man, Dominique Gruhier. Dom took over this estate in 1990 and eventually found his way to organic practice and certification by 2010. Moved by the results of converting to organic practice, began a full renaissance of the estate, which now produces a stunning range of wine from the nearly forgotten red Burgundy appellation outside of Chablis, called Epineuil. The jovial and very casual Dominique ceaselessly wears his welcoming smile while he takes you through the journey that he began a quarter century ago. The wines are classically styled and with the change of philosophy (and climate!) have found new depth and promise. This is one of the greatest red wine producing estates from the northernmost appellations in Burgundy.

Lay of the Land

Epineuil is a tiny commune of only 100 hectares in total. It is located in the Tonnerrois region in northern France, 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 and Pinot Gris. 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 very few but exceptional winemakers of Epineuil bring into being world class red wine, rose and sparkling, the latter of which is classified as “Crémant de Bourgogne.”

 

Bourgogne Epineuil Cote de Grisey

Dominique Gruhier - 2015 Epineuil ‘Cote de Grisey’

Price: $36.00
Size: 750ml
Availability:

24+ in stock

Type of Wine: Red
Style: Mineral, Rustic

Epineuil 'Cote de Grisey' comes from the unheralded/unknown appellation of Epineuil. The name is harder to pronounce than the village is to find, as it sits just about 20 minutes northeast of Chablis, outside the town of Tonnerre. It’s a cold place with classic Kimmeridgian soils. Epineuil’s greatest vineyard area lies on a massive and steep slope, the Côte de Grisey, where Dominique has most of his vines. The Côte is richest in its center where a bulge of clay graciously delivers to these wines their perfect mid-palates. While in times past, a celebrated site for Chardonnay, the Côte de Grisey is able to ripen Pinot Noir because its chilly, windblown climate is protected from the fiercest of winds by the Langres Plateau.

This is a delicious wine that has deep cherry fruit and powerful mineral notes. You will find an herbal tinge when you first approach it, indicative of Pinot’s struggle to attain ripeness in this area. But keep sniffing and drinking. In moments, you’ll acclimate to the wine as your palate discovers that the hint of greenness actually accentuates the fruit’s purity. The evocation of cherries is not like any jam or pie, but rather crisp, fresh, firm cherries as they come off the tree, snappy to the tooth, the hint of summery leaves and stems. Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest deals for Burgundian Pinot Noir in our book and in the market in general. Dominique is redefining Epineuil and the possibility of red wine from Burgundy’s extremities. If you love this, we suggest you order more. It likely won’t be a secret for much longer.

The Wine

Epineuil 'Cote de Grisey' comes from the unheralded/unknown appellation of Epineuil. The name is harder to pronounce than the village is to find, as it sits just about 20 minutes northeast of Chablis, outside the town of Tonnerre. It’s a cold place with classic Kimmeridgian soils. Epineuil’s greatest vineyard area lies on a massive and steep slope, the Côte de Grisey, where Dominique has most of his vines. The Côte is richest in its center where a bulge of clay graciously delivers to these wines their perfect mid-palates. While in times past, a celebrated site for Chardonnay, the Côte de Grisey is able to ripen Pinot Noir because its chilly, windblown climate is protected from the fiercest of winds by the Langres Plateau.

This is a delicious wine that has deep cherry fruit and powerful mineral notes. You will find an herbal tinge when you first approach it, indicative of Pinot’s struggle to attain ripeness in this area. But keep sniffing and drinking. In moments, you’ll acclimate to the wine as your palate discovers that the hint of greenness actually accentuates the fruit’s purity. The evocation of cherries is not like any jam or pie, but rather crisp, fresh, firm cherries as they come off the tree, snappy to the tooth, the hint of summery leaves and stems. Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest deals for Burgundian Pinot Noir in our book and in the market in general. Dominique is redefining Epineuil and the possibility of red wine from Burgundy’s extremities. If you love this, we suggest you order more. It likely won’t be a secret for much longer.

About The Wine

Epineuil 'Cote de Grisey' comes from the unheralded/unknown appellation of Epineuil. The name is harder to pronounce than the village is to find, as it sits just about 20 minutes northeast of Chablis, outside the town of Tonnerre. It’s a cold place with classic Kimmeridgian soils. Epineuil’s greatest vineyard area lies on a massive and steep slope, the Côte de Grisey, where Dominique has most of his vines. The Côte is richest in its center where a bulge of clay graciously delivers to these wines their perfect mid-palates. While in times past, a celebrated site for Chardonnay, the Côte de Grisey is able to ripen Pinot Noir because its chilly, windblown climate is protected from the fiercest of winds by the Langres Plateau.

This is a delicious wine that has deep cherry fruit and powerful mineral notes. You will find an herbal tinge when you first approach it, indicative of Pinot’s struggle to attain ripeness in this area. But keep sniffing and drinking. In moments, you’ll acclimate to the wine as your palate discovers that the hint of greenness actually accentuates the fruit’s purity. The evocation of cherries is not like any jam or pie, but rather crisp, fresh, firm cherries as they come off the tree, snappy to the tooth, the hint of summery leaves and stems. Without a doubt, this is one of the greatest deals for Burgundian Pinot Noir in our book and in the market in general. Dominique is redefining Epineuil and the possibility of red wine from Burgundy’s extremities. If you love this, we suggest you order more. It likely won’t be a secret for much longer.