Dominique Gruhier

Year Established: 1990
Location: Epineuil, Burgundy
Size: 25 hectares
Varieties: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Pinot Gris
Viticulture: Organic (certified in 2004)
Vinification: Up to 100% whole cluster (depending on vintage and cuvée), indigenous yeasts, maximum 10% new oak

Located just 12 miles east of Chablis, Epineuil shares with its more famous neighbor the Kimmeridgian soils as well as a long history of growing grapes for wine, having been established by Cistercian monks early in the 13th century. Dominique Gruhier took over a centuries-old estate here in 1990.  He has experienced intense hardship over the years, including frost, fire, and even a cellar collapse! Despite these and other difficulties, he has managed to grow his holdings to the current total of 28 hectares, and has farmed organically since 2003, becoming certified in 2014. Dominique’s positivity and warmth shine through to his wines, which are an amazing value, as the Epineuil and Tonnerre appellations of Burgundy continue to be a surprisingly well-kept secret. The wines undergo spontaneous fermentation with indigenous yeasts, and are aged in a mix of stainless steel and older barrels, with a minimum of sulfur additions.