【#Guide for Wineries】Domaine Tortochot

【#Guide for Wineries】Domaine Tortochot

“Here we make a more traditional Gevrey Chambertin, with lots of fruit, strong tannins and good acidity”

The history of the domaine dates back to 1865 with the purchase of land that was being sold at low prices due to the infestation of phylloxera.

Most of the developments on the domaine were introduced by Gabriel Tortochot the third generation of the family to grow vines in Gevrey was a fervent defender of Burgundy's wines, and also the president of the "Syndicat Viticole de Gevrey-Chambertin". After a long carreer in charge of the domaine in 1997 he stepped down and passed his responsibilities to his daughter Chantal, who had worked in the Petrochemical sector and started studying viticulture at 35 years of age, when her father was already 80 years old.

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They have spent 5 vintages together when Gabriel passed away in 2001, and Chantal was who really started domaine bottling, since her father previously had not much help taking care of the domaine and was than selling most of his production to Maison Joseph Drouhin.

Chantal not only increased the production of domaine bottling from 10.000 to 60.000 bottles a year, but also had to search for a new clientele for all this new domaine wine being produced.

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A new storage building was built in 2000 to hold the production that was no longer sold to negociants.

The domaine converted its vineyards to organic viticulture since 2008, but had been experimenting since 2003. The domaine also uses cover crops and promote the development of a healthy ecosystem in their vineyards.

Winemaking

The wines are 100% destemmed, fermented in stainless steel tanks and macerated for 5-7 days at low temperatures. (14-15°C)

Pump overs and punch downs are used as necessary on each cuvee, free run juice and press juice are blended before being transferred to barrels for ageing. The wines are racked after the malolactic is completed. Later the wines age in barrels on the fine lees for 15-18 months. A mix of coopers are used to source the barrels to avoid a “marked” style. The village wines age in 15-25% new oak, 1er crus in 30-50% new oak and the grand crus from 80 to 100% new oak. All medium toasted barrels.

Domaine Tortochot

Domaine de Tortochot Charmes Chambertin

From a 0.40 ha parcel that is located at the highest part of the vineyard, standing on a very rich white and marly soil.

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Domaine de Tortochot Charmes Chambertin

From a 0.57 ha parcel all located in Charmes, standing on a subsoil of marl, and a thin layer of silt, with a brown chalky soil developed over these deposits.

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Domaine de Tortochot Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Lavaux St Jacques

From a 0.61 ha parcel, at the bottom of the Combe de Lavaux. This is a vineyard that struggles to reach ripeness and has very pure red fruit character.

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Domaine de Tortochot Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Les Champeaux

From a 0.81 ha parcel of 40+ year old vines. This is a rocky stony territory with the vineyards broken up into terraces, with a cooler micro climate.

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Domaine de Tortochot Gevrey Chambertin Champerrier Vieilles Vignes

From a 0.46 ha parcel planted in 1920 by Felix Tortochot. The vineyard is on the lower slopes of Côte St. Jacques and Brochon. The wines produced here are powerful and fleshy.

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Domaine de Tortochot Morey St Denis 1er cru Aux Charmes

Since 2014 this parcel of 0.23 ha parcel is farmed by the domaine. The soil is mainly limestone from the Bajocian period, giving charming fruit driven and round wines.

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Domaine de Tortochot Chambolle Musigny 1er cru Les Sentiers

Since 2014 this parcel of 0.07ha is farmed by the domaine. Standing on the hard limestone from the Jurassic period, producing delicate, mineral and elegant wines, with good aromatic complexity.

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