Discover Jerome Galeyrand Gevrey-Chambertin
Tuesday, November 13, 2018 in News
During his buying trip to Burgundy, Langton’s Head of International Buying Jesper Kjaersgaard visited Jérôme Galeyrand in Gevrey-Chambertin to taste the latest vintages and talk a little philosophy...
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Jérôme Galeyrand, cheesemaker turned winemaker
Jérôme Galeyrand is in his second career having found his true calling in the late 1990’s after having experienced vintage with Gevrey-Chambertin legend, Alain Burguet. Jérôme’s experience was so profound that he decided to leave his job as a cheesemaker in his native Loire and move to Burgundy and take up winemaking studies.
In 2002, Jérôme bought his first vines – a tiny 0.05 ha plot. Today the estate holds 5ha of vines split in the communes of Marsannay, Côte du Nuits and of course Gevrey-Chambertin. The estate was certified Biodynamic in 2015 and produces roughly 80% red grapes and 20% white grapes.
Tasting the latest vintages.
Minuscule, hands-on production
As you head north-east towards Gevrey-Chambertin, in the small village of Saint Philibert, you will find a small hamlet of what can best be described as industrial sheds. It is in the very last of these that Jérôme has built his new cellars and winemaking facilities. Production is minuscule and very hands-on and Jérôme is aiming to produce wines that speak of their place. Jérôme puts most of his focus in the vineyards and claims that if “I’ve done my job in the vineyard, the yeast will take care of the winemaking.” He works with an oak regime which he calls 1-2-3-4. Jérôme explains “what I mean by 1-2-3-4 is, some of the wine spends time in 1-year-old barrels, some in 2-year-old oak and so on. I do this to limit and minimize the influence of oak and I mainly use it as a vessel.”
As our tasting come to end, I complement Jérôme on his new set of wines and he shares his philosophy of great winemaking: “It’s simple to make great wine, all you need is three components; first you need great Terroir, secondly you need healthy, good Grapes and last and least importantly, you need someone to accompany the two prior – Easy!"
Tasting in the cellar
Jérôme Galeyrand: wines from the 2016 vintage
The 2016 vintage was a somewhat challenging one for Jérôme. He got hit by hail in April which resulted in a smaller (but healthy) crop. It’s a vintage that really shows the true intent and skill of Jérôme’s winemaking and can be summed up in three words; purity, minerality and focus.
2016 Gevery-Chambertin La Justice
La Justice is a single vineyard wine made from vines planted on sandy soils in 1960. This is a wine that really shows of Jérôme’s style. It’s got beautiful lifted red fruits with great length and purity and a nice raspberry core with a vibrant acidity.
2016 Gevrey-Chambertin En Billard
En Billard, from a vineyard planted in 1980. Deep, rich clay soils produce a wine that is deeper and richer than the La Justice but with the same purity and sense of place. The palate is beautifully intense and dense with chewy tannins and dark sweet fruit.
2016 Côte de Nuits Villages Les Retraits
From the small town of Comblanchien, just south of Nuits St Georges, Jérôme produces his Côte de Nuits Villages, called Les Retraits from a single vineyard in the most northern part of the appelation. The vineyard was planted in 1925 and has a very thin layer of topsoil on top of limestone. Jérôme calls this his most sensitive and temperamental wine. As with all of Jérôme’s wines, the terroir really shines through in this wine. It’s got a flinty, smoky nose with great precision and focus. The palate is red fruited with great weight and length. A very serious wine and one that will most definitely improve after a few years in the cellar.
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