When founding his domaine, Grégoire Bichot had but one philosophy: to respect his terroir by farming without herbicides and pesticides, and in doing so, to allow the finest possible expression of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. Gregoire is a dyed-in-the-wool Burgundian vigneron who broke off from his family (owners of the large Albert Bichot negociant house) in the early 2000s and founded this domaine which is situated on the outskirts of Nuits-Saint-Georges, and which encompasses holdings in Nuits-Saint-Georges, Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune, and Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons, as well as various tiny negociant bottlings from Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey-Saint-Denis—parcels for which Gregoire oversees both farming and harvesting.
Gregoire works organically—practicing since 2005 and certified since 2012—and the wines pulse with the energy of healthy fruit and impeccable vineyard work. In his gorgeous high-ceilinged cellar, Gregoire practices only spontaneous fermentations, allowing even the more basic wines two full winters of aging and bottling without fining or filtration. These are gutsy, layered wines with striking aromatic presence and phenomenal concentration—and, to boot, the Chablis is hand-harvested (a rarity in the region).
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