From a parcel of 45-year-old and 70+ year-old vines, on the top half of the slope, very near the border with Chassagne-Montrachet. As one might gather from the name, the soil is a quite gravelly, lots of small rocks over Argovian marl. This is similar in composition to some special Volnay plots, and thus an inspiration for our vinification.
Having found many Les Gravières to be very fruit-forward, a deep dark cherry note in particular, we decided to do a 95% whole cluster, no SO2 ferment to help frame that fruit with lither tannins and high-toned aromatics. Hand-harvested, chilled overnight to ensure the cluster’s turgidity, 5% was destemmed and placed at the bottom of the wooden vat, the rest of the clusters were put on top for a no SO2 native fermentation. The fruit was untouched during cuvaison, save for a daily sparging with CO2, with one pigèage each of the last two days of fermentation on skins. Pressed on the 13th day, the wine finished in tank before a year in 300L oak barrels with the finest of lies. Bottled under DIAM 10 without fining or filtration.
Barrels made: 6
“My vision for Le Grappin is to seek out special sites in the over-looked, under-appreciated reaches of Burgundy, that tell a story. I search out viticulteurs as maniacal as me, who tend their vines throughout the year, who know their sites and how best to make the site shine. My job is to ensure the wine reaches it’s true potential, working by hand, with small lots, giving each wine as much care and attention as my viticulteurs have paid to the vines. I believe one finds a sense of detail, purity, and focus in my wines as a result. I hope you enjoy the stories my wines have to tell.” – Andrew Nielsen, Le Grappin