Philippe Gavignet

Domaine Profile

  • Location: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Côte de Nuits, Burgundy
  • Size: 10.8 ha (26.69 ac)
  • Variety: Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, Aligoté
  • Viticulture: Lutte raisonnée
  • Vinification: 100% de-stemmed, indigenous yeast, 30% new oak, cold-settling and earth fining for whites and rosé, light filtration for reds.

History

The Gavignet family domaine goes back four generations, but Philippe is the man responsible for the outstanding quality of the wines today. Though he only officially took over management of the domaine in 1992, his first vintage working for the family dates back to 1979. With so many vintages under his belt, it is no wonder he produces such graceful, elegant Nuits Saint Georges wines even in the most complicated years.

The domaine covers a modest 10.8 hectares, and yet offers 12 different appellations all within the Nuits Saint Georges commune, with a significant heritage of old vines. A tasting in Philippe’s cellar is a highly focused lesson in terroir, with the 1er Crus spanning from south to north of this diverse village. It’s no surprise to learn, then, that Becky Wasserman actually discovered the incredible potential chez Gavignet during one of her famous Burgundy terroir symposiums.

Viticulture

Philippe Gavignet is careful to emphasize that all work starts in the vineyards, which he has farmed according to lutte raisonnée since the late 1990s. No herbicides have been implemented since 2007, and the vineyards are plowed in function of the vintage conditions to maintain healthy soils. Treatments are carefully reasoned and limited as much as possible.

Winemaking

Philippe’s style is pure and focused, with 100% de-stemmed fruit. Alcoholic fermentation takes place in stainless steel tanks with indigenous yeasts. Total maceration time lasts about three weeks, including a pre-fermentation cold soak of about nine days. The wines mature for about 16 months in oak barrels before preparation for bottling. The 1er Crus remain at a maximum of 30% new oak.