Domaine Laurent Roumier is part of the estate division created in 1924 by his legendary grandfather George Roumier. In fact, Laurent is a cousin of Christophe Roumier who lives across Laurent’s house.
Long associated with his brother Herve, it is in 1991 that Laurent created his own estate with four hectares of vines in rent. Through new acquisitions, he now has significantly grown as Domaine and has excellent plots of Clos de Vougeot and Bonnes Mares alongside Chambolle 1 er Cru Les Charmes as flagships of the Domaines. The vineyards of Domaine Laurent Roumier, mainly composed of old vines of an average age of 35-40 years, are worked in a traditional way, in the same way as did his own father, Alain.
Laurent Roumier cultivates his vines in a completely natural way without fertilizer or herbicide. The winemaking is done in the old style, which gives the wines exceptional aromas. The harvest is done manually and carefully.
Laurent’s wines are beatiful reflection of the terroir and with some aging may beat top wines in blind tastings. Very elegant traditional style.
Domaine Benjamin Roblot is a very promising new domaine in Chambolle-Musigny run by Benjamin Roblot, 36 years old educated engineer. Domaine is new but has original routes to Chambolle Musigny in the 1970s when Benjamin’s grandfather Maurice Roblot was cultivating great plots in Chambolle-Musigny. When he passed away in 1980, the vineyards were inherited by his children, Benjamin’s father and his sister who decided to lease all of the vineyards. Later on the plots of the father’s sister were sold while Benjamin’s father kept them leasing to Herve Roumier (brother of Laurent Roumier and cousin of Christoph Roumier). When some of the leases established in 1980 finished in 2006, Benjamin’s father reclaimed the vineyards and started selling grapes to négociants transforming them at the same time to organic.
Benjamin made his first Domaine’s vintage in 2016. Benjamin Roblot’s holdings included the Grand Cru Bonnes-Mares, the super Premier Cru Les Amoureuses, and three more Premier Cru in Chambolle: Les Fuées, Les Groseilles (made so far only in 2017) and Les Gruenchers. with the end of the lease of more of his father’s vineyards, from 2019-2020 vintage Benjamin got back two additional vineyards of Chambolle 1er Cru, Gruenchers and Noirots, as well as some Chambolle village and Bourgogne vineyards.
In 2019 Benjamin also produced an excellent Marsannay as negoce.
Benjamin is a perfectionist and very detailed personality. First vintages were made for long aging as only very powerful appellations such as Les Amoureuses, Bonnes Mares and Les Gruenchers were available. With every new vintage his wine is becoming more refined and elegant. Very promising!
It is in Chambolle-Musigny, a charming village in Burgundy, nestled mid-slope in the heart of the Côte de Nuits, between Morey-Saint-Denis and Vougeot, that we meet Domaine AMIOT-SERVELLE.
An appellation with musical syllables imbued with sweetness and finesse, one of the most “feminine” wines of the Côte de Nuits.
The Domaine started with Clément Tachot in 1920s. Cécile, his daughter, and Jean Servelle, his son-in-law, took over from him in the 1950s and created the Domaine Servelle-TACHOT. In 1980, Christian Amiot, whose father, Pierre Amiot, was a vine-grower in the neighboring village of Morey-Saint-Denis, came to work on the estate with his wife, Elisabeth Servelle.
In 1989, Christian and Elisabeth Amiot-Servelle took over the activity: the Domaine AMIOT-SERVELLE came into being.
Christian and Elisabeth have three children: Prune, Violette and Antoine.
Violette chose music and is an artist-teacher of percussion at the regional academy of music.
As to Prune, she obtained her diploma in oenology (DNO) in 2004. Then, after a period of training experience and working for various vineyard-owners both in France and abroad, she came back to the family estate in May 2011. Antoine joined her bit later after graduation of Dijon Business School.
Domaine has excellent plots of Les Amoureuses, rare Grand Cru Clos St. Denis and impressive variety of Chambolle’s 1er Crus. Great wines!
Domaine Gérard Raphet is traditionally run domain. Marion Raphet is the fifth generation of Raphet. Step by step she is taking over the 12-hectare domain from her father Gerard. They cultivate the soil intensively and sustainably, making their wines traditionally and completely natural without any tricks. The wines are fine, fresh and fruity. Domaine has a remarkable line of appellations including 120 years old vines of Clos Vougeot, Clos de Beze, the excellent plot of Clos de la Roche and Charmes Chambertin.
With its 7.53 hectares, Clos de Tart is the largest of the five Grands Crus Monopoles in Burgundy.
The Grand Cru appellation applies to terroirs with an excellent reputation that can produce the very best wines. There are only 33 of these appellations in Burgundy and their production taken together represents only 1% of total regional production.
The reference to ‘Monopole’ indicates that the climat is entirely in sole ownership. This is quite rare in Burgundy as the plots, even the very small ones, have frequently been divided up over time and for inheritance reasons.
Custodian of a rich and fascinating history spanning nine centuries, Clos de Tart’s vineyard has never been divided, which is a very rare occurrence in Burgundy.
A unique treasure, the Estate has only had four owners throughout its history:
– The Cistercian nuns of Tart Abbey from 1141 to 1791,
– The Marey-Monge Family from 1791 to 1932,
– The Mommessin Family from 1932 to 2018,
– The Pinault Family via their holding company, Artémis Domaines, since April 2018.
The Domaine was founded by William Ponsot in 1872, who at that time bought some parcels of the Clos des Monts Luisants and the Clos de la Roche. From 1981 to 2017 Laurent Ponsot was responsible for the operations. in 2017 he stepped down from the estate to concentrate on personal ventures. Rose-Marie Ponsot became the sole Director of the company, seconded by Alexandre Abel. Today the Domaine covers around eleven hectares, 3.4 hectares of which is the entire historic core of the Clos de la Roche. The average age of the vines is ca 50 years, the oldest (Aligote from Monts Luisants) even dates back to 1911. The harvest is traditionally done by hand in small buckets. Late harvesting, which depends on maturity and concentration, is typical for Ponsot.
Extremely refined Domaine with more than 80% Grand Cru wines in production.
Domaine Fourrier has a long history in Gevrey-Chambertin. Since 1994, Jean-Marie Fourrier has been in charge when he took over the vinification from his father. Jean-Marie previously worked for Domaine Drouhin in Oregon and also had working experience with Henri Jayer. Fourrier owns ten hectares, the majority of which are located within the municipality of Gevrey-Chambertin including plots of an excellent 1er Cru – Clos Saint Jacques and Grand Crus of Griotte Chambertin and Chambertin. He also owns few plots in Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny and Vougeot.
Elegant and very fine wines from Jean Marie can be definitely ranked under the top of high-end Burgundy wines.
Nicolas Burguet, a hereditary winemaker who, having only village wines, produces them with precision, which will surprise the most sophisticated lovers of the Gevrey terroir. The wines are elegant and powerful at the same time.
Nicolas does not use sulfites. Organic in the field and classic in vinification this is his recipe for an excellent wine.
Apart from Gevrey Chambertin, Nicolas also makes very elegant Aligote Acacia using Acacian barrels.
Domaine Harmand-Geoffroy is a family business that began at the end of the 19th century, which today covers an area of approximately 9 hectares. The average age of the vines is 50 years in most of the plots. The oldest vines are over 90 years old.
No use of chemical fertilizers, Domaine practices reasoned control (no insecticides or acaricides) at the phytosanitary level in order to let the plant play its role of self-defense.
The wine is matured in oak barrels, between 20% and 40% new wood for the villages and premier crus, 90% for the Grand Cru, while favoring the fruit and not the oak.
Domaine produces only wines from Gevrey-Chambertin in a very traditional manner. The lineup includes Grand Cru Mazis Chambertin, 4 Premier Crus – Lavaux St. Jacques, Les Champeaux, La Perriere and La Bossiere. Also, Clos Prieur from Mazis area is classified as village however part of it is from Premier Cru.
Wines are very elegant and fruity – pure enjoyment when young and matured.
Domaine Robert Groffier belongs to the best producers of finest wines in Burgundy.
Nicolas Groffier, born in 1984, and his younger sister Julie, are now representative of the 5th generation in charge. Since Nicolas started in 2005 there have been no herbicides used in the vineyards. Located in Morey-Saint-Denis, the estate owns most of its vines in Chambolle-Musigny, with, among other things, a magnificent plot in Les Amoureuses. From the villages to the grand crus, the wines turn out to be fine, with this silky texture that perfectly symbolizes the style of the estate. From the 2014 vintage, the estate only sells half of the last vintage, and now prefers to bring out mature wines, aware that many of them are undoubtedly drunk too early and subject to speculation.
Either Bourgogne Pinot Noir or Grand Crus Clos de Beze or Bonnes Mares – all wines are excellent presentations of terroir and Doamine’s signature.