Domaine Gelin, Fixin.
Home to some of the most expensive and sought after wines in the world, Burgundy remains a ‘must have’ for wine enthusiasts. Two grapes dominate the region being Chardonnay for whites and Pinot Noir for reds. Never cheap, our mission has been to find wines that do provide real value at their price. To this end we have sought out small, well established producers, working in some of the lesser known AOC of Burgundy. In the Cotes de Nuits we have Domaine Gelin from Fixin, a tiny AOC situated next door to Gevrey Chambertin and producing wines of a very similar style. Founded in 1925 the Domaine owns vineyards in village and 1er Cru Fixin plus village, 1er Cru and Grand Cru Gevrey Chambertin.
The estate was created in 1925 by Pierre GELIN. Stéphen GELIN took over its management in 1969 and he was then succeeded by Pierre-Emmanuel, his son. Pierre Emmanuel gives special attention to the cultivation method and ensures that the vines are cultivated in an environmentally-friendly manner. If fertilisers are required, he makes sure that they are natural and organic. To obtain high-quality grapes of optimal maturity, disbudding is done in a very selective manner and the leaves are removed by hand.
Conscious of the need to respect the environment, the Domaine uses rainwater to wash its tractors and has installed a “plant container” to process water used to rinse sulphating equipment. The fermenting room is equipped with a screen and a sludge remover, so no wine-making effluents are discharged into the public network.
Vinification follows the traditional methods but adapts in order to continuously improve the quality of the wines. The wines mature in oak barrels – the percentage of new barrels varies depending on the Crus and vintages – to give light woody note, from 20 to 22 months. The wines are then bottled on the estate and are only marketed after being stored for a year or two in our cellars.
Domaine Pavelot, Pernand Vergelesses
In the public records office of Cote D’Or province thereis a mention of a Pavelot, vine grower, in Pernand-Vergelesses, as far back as the seventeenth Century. However, the present family now in Pernand-Vergelesses are of much later origin.
Nowadays, Luc Pavelot and his sister Lise have taken over from their father Regis – preceded himself by his father Maurice – and they highlight the wine grower heritage of the Pavelot family.
At the present time, from the 9 hectares which constitute the estate, two thirds product red wines (cepage Pinot Noir) with three levels of appellations: Village, Premier Cru and Grand Cru; so the remaining third produces whites wines divided into four levels of appellations: Regional (cepage Aligoté), and Village, Premier Cru, Grand Cru (cepage Chardonnay) .
The vineyards are situated at Pernand-Vergelesses and Aloxe-Corton. .