The Story

                        

Part of Giboulot’s love of his organic methods perhaps comes from the fact that he has never done it any differently. He learnt his craft from his father, who ran the estate on an organic basis since 1975 and took over production in 1985 with just a single hectare of land. It was certified biodynamic in 1996. He now produces around 35,000 bottles a year across ten hectares.

His vines of Pinot Noir, for the red wines, and Chardonnay and Pinot Beurrot, for the whites, grow in soils of clay and chalk, at 280 to 400 metres elevation. Only indigenous yeast is used in production, which is based firmly on the schedule of the lunar month. He does not stir the lees and prefers the wine to reach its own level of quality with minimum intervention. He even uses a mechanical screw press rather than a pneumatic equivalent.

As a result of this care and attention to wines and principles, Giboulot’s wines are balanced, precise and elegant.

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The People

Emmanuel Giboulot

It’s one thing to appreciate organic and biodynamic wines, but would you risk prison for your principles? One man who would is Emmanuel Giboulot. He was convicted in 2014 for refusing a government order to spray crops with pesticides, following an outbreak of golden rot, only to have the decision reversed on appeal. Many other producers in the region were outraged that someone was doing things differently, but Giboulot stayed firm.

This is a victory for people power - there is a social problem here – the impact of agricultural practices and the use of pesticides on the quality of produce and therefore on human health. Burgundy, which has vineyards of exceptional quality, should be promoting practices that respect the environment” said Emmanuel in a post on his Facebook page which received over 130,000 likes!

                            

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The Place

Burgundy, France

The Côte de Beaune appellation is uphill from the Beaune vineyards, but not so far up so it becomes Hautes-Côtes de Beaune. It is a small appellation covering 33,40 hectares (the Beaune vinyards cover 407 hectares).

All three of Giboulot's Côte de Beaune wines – Combe d'Eve, Les Pierres Blanches and La Grande Chatelaine – frequently receive very good reviews.

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Part of Giboulot’s love of his organic methods perhaps comes from the fact that he has never done it any differently. He learnt his craft from his father, who ran the estate on an organic basis since 1975, and took over production in 1985 with just a single hectare of land. It was certified biodynamic in 1996. He now produces around 35,000 bottles a year across ten hectares.

His vines of Pinot Noir, for the red wines, and Chardonnay and Pinot Beurrot, for the whites, grow in soils of clay and chalk, at 280 to 400 metres elevation. Only indigenous yeast is used in production, which is based firmly on the schedule of the lunar month. He does not stir the lees, and prefers the wine to reach its own level of quality with minimum intervention. He even uses a mechanical screw press rather than a pneumatic equivalent.

As a result of this care and attention to wines and principles, Giboulot’s wines are balanced, precise and elegant.

This "Feel Burgundy" wine selection will take you on a wonderful journey to the heart of Emmanuel's philosophy.

 

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