Domaine Michel Esmonin et Fille

Domaine Michel Esmonin et Fille

A Burgundy domaine that has been catapulted into the front ranks of Gevrey producers in the last decade. Until the late 1980s the domaine was producing fairly average wines with the majority being sold in bulk to negociants. The catalyst for change was Michel's daughter, Sylvie, who joined her father at the domaine in 1986. She trained as a consultant oenologist in Mâcon as well as studying viticulture in Montpellier. Sylvie agreed to join her father on the condition that everything was bottled at the domaine, saying: "I laid down conditions, because I had character".

The domaine now has 6.63 hectares of vineyards with the Jewell in their crown being the small holding in the premier cru Clos St Jacques. Today over 90% of the wine is domaine-bottled and Sylivie is very much in charge. The wines are extremely stylish with typical Gevrey firmness but displaying also a silky elegance and tremendous finesse. They benefit from at least four to five years of bottle ageing.

No herbicides have been used since 1990 and the domaine is farmed more or less organically, though not systematically so.

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