Domaine Dominique Gallois

Year Established: 1901
Location: Gevrey-Chambertin
Size: 5 hectares
Varieties: Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Viticulture: No pesticides or herbicides. Plowing by horse; manual harvest
Vinification: Cold soak over several days before fermentation (native yeasts). 18 to 24 months in barrel

Dominique Gallois’ great-grandfather founded this domaine in 1901, but it wasn’t until 1989 that one of his descendants decided to bottle the wine under his own label (prior to that the grapes were sold to négotiants). There are seven appellations: Grand Cru Charmes-Chambertin; Gevrey-Chambertin Premiers Crus (Combe aux Moines, Petits Cazetiers, Les Goulots); Gevrey-Chambertin, Bourgogne Pinot Noir, and Bourgogne Chardonnay.
Vinification commences with a cool pre-fermentation maceration that will be longer or shorter depending on the vintage. Fermentation is triggered only by natural and local yeasts and lasts 10 to 15 days. During this time, traditional manual punching-down and pumping over activities take place for gentle extractions. Wines are aged in oak barrels (small percentage new) for around 18 months. Racking and bottling are scheduled according to the lunar calendar.