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Domaine Sylvie Esmonin in Gevrey-Chambertin

Sylvie Esmonin runs a 7.66 ha domaine in Gevrey-Chambertin. When she arrived at the domaine 1985 the wine was still sold in bulk. She changed that. The wine was bottled at the domaine under the Domaine Michel Esmonin et Fille label. In 1998 it was changed to Domaine Sylvie Esmonin.

– The domaine is not particularly old, but the family is. The family goes back to [...]

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Domaine Raoul Gautherin in Chablis

Adrien Gautherin at Domaine Raoul Gautherin in Chablis is the eighth generation in his family to make wine. For the past decade he has been working together with his father, taking care of their 16.5 hectare estate.

– To me Chablis is a wine made in tank, with the lees. It’s a wine with [...]

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Domaine Podor in Irancy

– For me the fermentation is the best part of this profession. It’s the end of a year’s work in the vineyards and it’s the beginning of the wine. It’s simply beautiful.

Stéphan Podor in Irancy decided to become a winegrower, against his parents’ wishes. That was [...]

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Domaine Bizot in Vosne-Romanée

Jean-Yves Bizot in Vosne-Romanée was not particularly fond of the wines from the 1970s and the 1980s. When he brought Domaine Bizot back to life in 1995 he turned to previous generations for answers.

– I did not enjoy drinking those wines from the 1970s and the 1980s [...]

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Domaine René Bouvier in Marsannay

– Everything has changed since I took over the domaine in 1992. No more herbicides. Yields are lower. We are certified organic. When I started out I was too young. My wines were too extracted, too concentrated. But then again, that was what it was like in the 1990s. Everybody was extracting. Over a period [...]


 
 
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