Derived from blue marl clay and limestone soils similar to En Novelin. Vine age here is 65 years and produces large grapes but more limited quantities at 15-20hl/ha. The vineyard sits by the main road between Passenans and Frontenay, on a slightly sloping west facing block close to the forested hills above. Sits on its fine lees in old Mersault barrels without battonage. The nose has a slight reduction. The stone fruits are lean and provide a base for some pine sap, moss and green rhubarb enhanced by florals. Concentrated on the palate, it shows still a little closed but will flourish with aeration. Its volume is present having body but also length and always with that touch of spice. - Greg Murphy
“The earth is not ours; but lent to us by our children.” So says Céline Gormally of Les Dolomies. Establishing the domain in 2008, her mantra holds true in all facets of how she manages her land. Together with her husband Steve, they manage around 5ha of vines -The Fields, as she calls them. Using biodynamic principles and compost as fertilizer, Céline eschews mechanised methods and distributes it all with donkeys between the vines.
The name Les Dolomies comes from the magnesium limestone soils found in the area. The marls and limestone outcrops are found extensively throughout the vineyards, and provide one of the best geological soil types for the Jura gape varieties.
All of the wines are wild-fermented, with very little sulphur added, if any. Some use of whole-bunch pressing is utilised for the whites, while the reds are all fully de-stemmed. Céline uses old Meursault barrels for maturation, with a scattering of demi-muids for the more delicate whites.
Their success has allowed her to lease and develop a parcel of Savagnin in the famed Château-Chalon, as well as vineyards in Nervy and Passenans. Céline believes in the strength of each individual plot, and bottles separately, to allow the individual voice of her vineyards to shine through.
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