Domaine Jérôme Galeyrand

Year Established: 2002
Location: Gevrey-Chambertin
Size: 5 hectares
Varieties: Aligoté, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Viticulture: Sustainable; no pesticides or herbicides. Biodynamic practice. Manual harvest.
Vinification: Partial whole cluster, gentle press, aged in oak. Low sulfur.

Originally from the Loire, Jérôme does not come from a winemaking family. He worked for eight years in the food industry, and then, in 1996, after harvesting for a couple of years at Domaine Alain Burguet in Gevrey-Chambertin, he became inspired to embark on his own estate project. He enrolled at the CFPPA (the well-known lycée viticole/wine institute in Beaune), and then in 2002, he bought his first vineyard plot – a miniscule 0.05 hectares! He carried out his first vinification that September. Since then, Jérôme has expanded his holdings to five hectares of vines and every year he harvests with a group of well-trained friends.
Vinification takes place in a small winery at his home. His goal is terroir transparency.  No pesticides are ever used, and all vines are plowed, eliminating the need for herbicides . Vinification is delicate; it is approached with a light hand so the wines are never over-extracted. All wines are aged in oak barrels – 12 months for whites, 18 to 24 months for reds. Jérôme’s wines are precise, refined and elegant, beautifully perfumed, and positively delicious. He produces roughly 2,000 cases a year.