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Domaine GILLE


Burgundy wines since 1570

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Domaine GILLE


Burgundy wines since 1570

THE Estate

In 1851, François GUILLAUME, regional columnist, wrote about the history of the Côte d'Or. In his book, he noted that as early as 1570 the GILLE family was present at Comblanchien. To this day, it is the oldest family in the village.

The estate as it exists today was built by Vivant GILLE (1877 - 1938).

The Vineyards owned by the GILLE family expanded thanks to the work of Pierre GILLE (born in 1947) and his wife Anne-Marie. They bought the appellations Vosne-Romanee, Pommard, Nuits Saint Georges 1er Cru, Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru, and Corton Grand Cru.

 
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Philosophy


The sustainability of knowledge through generations......

Philosophy


The sustainability of knowledge through generations......

 

Transmission is at the heart of our concerns. It is not a career, or a work of life. It is a question of passing for several decades the legacy of a few centuries of construction. To do this we must train the next generation in a mixture of tradition and necessary adaptation to changes.

In the vineyard and in the cellar we are traditionalists, yet we embrace innovation when it comes to pleasing wine connoisseurs. Our family started exploing the world long before travel was made easy. We believe that living the adventure enriches our craft, which in turn benefits you.

When we go looking for a bottle in the cellar, it's for the pleasure of sharing the magic of an appellation, a vintage. Wine is the reflection of our soul as a winegrower. Moreover, the emotions revealed by the complexity of the wine have often inspired artists and philosophers of all times.

"Only in the vegetable kingdom the vine makes us intelligible what the true flavor of the world is."
- Colette
 
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Viticulture


The respect of traditions

Viticulture


The respect of traditions

 

Burgundy is the birthplace of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The search for the expression of the place gave birth to a unique system of climatic classification.

The choice of grape varieties created by the founders of Burgundy (Pinot Noir and Chardonnay), clearly calls for reflective and respectful agriculture. Thus, over the centuries we have cultivated our vines with deference. We do not use hazardous materials. We do not use any products in excess, not even copper and sulfur.
 It is by varying the techniques and by adapting ourselves to the seasons, that we maintain a good sanitary state.

On the estate, 70% of the vines are old (between 45 and 90 years). It is a chance, because they give complex wines, both fruity and elegant. This quality has a price: low yields.

Finally, the goal is to preserve the myriad of yeasts present on the film of the berries: they guarantee the expression of the different climates.

 
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Winemaking


Legacy as an Art

Winemaking


Legacy as an Art

 

The most important and tricky decision for us is the vintage date. This is the start of a great adventure gathering 40 people.
Each year the yeasts, the phenolic balance of the grapes are different. This is the magic of Pinot Noir. That is to reveal the full potential of the grape by a natural fermentation. At this time of year the doubt and the stress are abundant, sleep rare.

Then in a quieter way and always without input, the wines receive the same attention during their aging in oak barrels.

 It is then imperative to choose the assortment of barrels for each appellation carefully. The origin of the woods, the toast, but also the style of the cooperage, are all parameters to be taken into consideration.

Finally, the bottling is sometimes preceded by a clarification or a filtration. Measurement is required. Indeed, at this stage the wine can embellish a superb dress... as it can see its aromas completely extinguish. You will understand that at this stage, after a year of cultivation, and eighteen months of cellar, we must not be mistaken.