2017 Domaine Galeyrand Bourgogne Rouge Antonin

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2017 Domaine Galeyrand Bourgogne Rouge Antonin

Originally from the Loire, Jérôme Galeyrand does not come from a winemaking family. He worked for eight years in the food industry. Then, after harvesting for a couple of years at Domaine Alain Burguet in Gevrey-Chambertin as of 1996, became inspired and motivated to embark on his own estate project, and so enrolled at the wine institute in Beaune. In 2002, he bought his first vineyard plot (a miniscule 0.05 hectares!) and carried out his own vinification that September. Since then, Jérôme expanded the holdings to five hectares of vines and harvests every year with a group of well-trained friends. 

Vinification takes place in a small winery at his home. His goal is terroir transparency. Viticulture is organic for 70% of the vineyards and sustainable for 30%. No pesticides, all vines are plowed. Some whole cluster inclusion, delicate vinification. All wines are aged in oak barrels - 12 months for whites, 18 to 24 months for reds. Jérôme’s wines are precise, refined and elegant, beautifully perfumed, positively delicious. He produces roughly 2,000 cases a year, based on vintage conditions, of course.

- Becky Wasserman

This Pinot Noir is a mix of four different parcels at the bottom of Chambolle, in Brochon and Gilly-les-Citeaux, with a clay-limestone soil.  The grapes were 100% de-stemmed, then macerated for 3-5 days before indigenous yeast fermentation followed by gentle pressing and 16 months maturation in oak barrels (20% new).  If you were lucky enough to taste it in the store, you'll remember how easy to drink it is; delicate, smooth, and silky.  In these uncertain times, this wine is like a reassuring pat on the back, a warm embrace, a symbol of hope that in the near future, we'll be raising our glasses together once again.  And, for the time being, it's a great wine to enjoy while social distancing.