Domaine de l’Abbaye du Petit Epineuil, Dominique Gruhier

Far and away the most dynamic domaine of the small appellation of Bourgogne Epineuil, in its relatively isolated and unknown location north-east of Chablis, owner winemaker Dominique Gruhier has made a speciality of various cuvées of Bourgogne Pinot Noir that rival the quality of better known names further south in the Côte d’Or. They are wines with fruit and elegance that blossom after 5 to 7 years – from very steep (40% gradient), south-east-facing vines on stony soil, their signature cuvée Bourgogne Epineuil Côte de Grisey offers remarkable freshness, velvety texture and intense mouth perfume. Gruhier’s wines show classic minerality but at the same time are ‘très gourmand’ with their winning combination of freshness and purity of fruit.

General information

  • Country

    France

  • Region

    Epineuil, Auxerrois

  • Total holdings

    28ha

  • Winemaker

    Dominique Gruhier

  • Established

    1990

  • Cultivation

    Organic

Wines produced

Wine Grapetype(s) Vine age Soil type Vineyard area
Bourgogne Epineuil Pinot Noir Younger vines Clay & Kimmeridgian limestone 8ha
Bourgogne Epineuil Côte de Grisey Pinot Noir 1980, 90 & 95 Clay & Kimmeridgian limestone 2ha
Bourgogne Epineuil Cuvée Juliette Pinot Noir 1980, 90 & 95 Clay & Kimmeridgian limestone 1.32ha
Bourgogne Epineuil L'Ame des Dannots Pinot Noir Planted in 1978 Clay & Kimmeridgian limestone 1.5ha

Viticulture / Vinification

Red wines

  • Indigenous yeasts used for fermentations
  • Whole-bunch - percentage depending on cuvée & vintage
  • Minimal new oak used