Located in the Côte de Nuits between Marsannay and Gevrey Chambertin, this property operates more than twelve acres of vineyards in the Fixin and Gevrey-Chambertin appellations. Stephen Gelin made his first vintage here in 1969 and now runs the property with his son, Pierre-Emmanuel. To ensure a supply of high quality fruit father and son pay particular attention to their cultivation methods. The fertilizers used on the soil are all natural and come from organic agriculture, and work on the vines, such as selective pruning or leaf removal, is performed manually. The Gelin family’s traditional approach to winemaking produces remarkable, well-structured wines whose qualities are fully revealed after a few years of aging.
Working in both Fixin (pronounced Fee-zeng) and Gevrey Chambertin, the Gelin family is environmentally conscious and follows the principles of organic farming without having sought certification. The estate has exclusive ownership of two vineyard parcels “en monopole”: Clos Napoléon, premier cru in Fixin, and Clos Meixvelle in Gevrey-Chambertin. To minimize their environmental impact, the winery moved into a modern building in 2011 with new fermenting rooms and a wastewater recovery system.
The Côte de Nuits vineyards stretch 22 kilometres from the northern communes of Fixin and Marsannay to the southern villages of Comblanchien and Corgoloin (which form part of the Côte de Nuits-Villages appellation). The most prestigious appellations and wines, however, are found in the middle: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, Échezeaux, Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, and Charmes-Chambertin. Interspersed between villages are dozens of valley-side vineyards where the soil is made of marl, hard limestone and loamy scree – conditions ideally suited to Pinot Noir. Rows of premiers and grands crus line the middles and tops of exposed, sunny hillsides.
The conditions for growing Pinot Noir in the Côte de Nuits are exceptional. The terroirs are made up of high quality soils and sub-soils and the difficult climatic conditions challenge the vines, ensuring the finest fruit. But the winemakers’ contributions cannot be overlooked, as they’ve spent centuries learning to master this demanding and finicky grape.