Domaine Dominique Gruhier Cote de Grisey Bourgogne Epineuil 2015
This small Pinot Noir vineyard of less than 3 acres in size is located in the up and coming appellation of Epineuil just northeast of Chablis. It has a steep slope up to 45% for excellent draining, shallow Kimmeridgian argilo-calcaire soil, facing south, east, and southeast. The domaine has been certified organic since 2015 and winemaker Dominique Gruhier vinifies this wine with 30% whole cluster in a pneumatic press and aged for 15 months in older barrels.
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 Côte de Grisey comes from a single hectare of vines, matured for 15 months in used oak barrels. It has a lucid ruby color in the glass and a light cranberry and autumn leaf-scented bouquet that demands some coaxing. The palate is fresh and well balanced with crunchy red berry fruit, a nice tang of bitterness and a light but vibrant finish that reminds you of the Loire. Delicious. Drink Date: 2017-2021.