Domaine des Varoilles

Domaine des Varoilles combines a number of spectacular vineyards from village to grand cru level. 

About

The arrival of Gilbert Hammel in 1990 marked a turning point for the Domaine. Gilbert, of Swiss descent, has made Domaine des Varoilles a go-to producer of a succulent, rounded and supremely approachable style of Gevrey-Chambertin. The Varoilles holdings include two very special premiers crus monopoles, La Romanée and Clos des Varoilles. monopole indicating that the vineyards are in the sole property of the Domaine. In fact, the name Domaine des Varoilles comes, originally, from a premier cru monopole first planted in the 12th century.

The vineyard holdings have expanded over the years, and now cover ten hectares and eight appellations – each wine produced true to subtly different origins. There has been enormous investment here, re-invigorating naturally stunning old vine sites. Painstaking attention to detail in both the vineyard and cellar is reaping great rewards and the Domaine is now producing extremely fine wines making purists smile. Intense colours, profound aromatics, finesse and elegance are the watchwords here rather than power. There are no rough edges, even in youth, the wines complemented by freshness and lightness of touch, belying underlying, restrained muscle.

The 2017 Vintage

2017 saw some significant climatic contrasts. Cold weather persisted until March, following which the heat came suddenly at the beginning of April. There was a return of cold at the end of the month with three nights below zero. Frost was warded off by burning straw bales in the vineyards. Warm dry weather returned in the latter part of April, with flowering occurring quickly and in good conditions. By mid-June, a beautiful harvest was on the cards. After a long period of drought during July and the first half of August, a few showers prompted a period of rapid ripening.

Harvest started at the domaine on 11th September, ending on 22nd September, in good conditions. Finally, a year in which quality met quantity, after seven years of small harvests. Fermentations were slow and steady, giving beautiful colours and elegant, silky tannins.

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