Domaine Dominique Gruhier L'Ame des Dannots Bourgogne Epineuil 2015
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This small Pinot Noir vineyard of less than 5 acres in size is located in the up and coming appellation of Epineuil just northeast of Chablis. With its southwest-facing vines planted in deep Kimmeridgian soil, it is an excellent position for cool climate Pinot Noir. The domaine has been certified organic since 2015 and winemaker Dominique Gruhier vinifies this wine with 100% whole cluster, mostly pump-overs during 3 weeks in tank, pneumatic pressing and 18 months aging in barrel (30% new). He has Massale selection for new vine plantings and an average yield of 45 hL/ha with annual production at only about 250 cases.
The village of Epineuil is located just northeast of Chablis, sharing the same Kimmeridgian soils. Bourgogne Epineuil is the regional AOC, created in 1993, for the reds which are 100% Pinot Noir. We tasted and positively adored the wines of Gruhier for two years in a row at Frederick Wildman's famous barrel tasting of new Burgundy wines. Dominique does not add any sulfites to his wines, making Pinot Noir and Chardonnay in a very natural way. His wines are ripe, velvety, delicious, and very fresh…Gruhier wines are classic Burgundian Pinot Noirs from a lesser-known AOC, and very worth seeking out.
Dominique Gruhier hasn't had it easy, getting his domaine to this point. Throughout his many troubles which included frozen vineyards, fires and lawsuits, he remained one of the warmest, most charming, welcoming, well-mannered, and smiling men in Burgundy. As his domaine and his relatively obscure appellation began to attract more customers, he has been able to make the investments and changes that were necessary to let his talent shine. What beautiful wines have emerged! Fine, sexy, juicy, vivacious, saline and chalky. They are some of the greatest values we have tasted in Burgundy, and what we like to think of as 'Chablisien Pinot Noir'.
|Region||France, Burgundy, Bourgogne-Epineuil|
|Brand||Domaine Dominique Gruhier|
Wine AdvocateThe 2015 Bourgogne Epineuil Rouge L'Ame des Dannots is a bit more multidimensional than the Cuvée Juliette, wafting from the glass with notions of dark fruit, licorice and spice. On the palate, the wine is full-bodied with some firm structure asserting itself on the back end that will need a few years in the cellar to mellow. Drink Date: 2020-2030.