The history of the domaine dates back to 1865 with the purchase of land that was being sold at low prices due to the infestation of phylloxera.
Most of the developments on the domaine were introduced by Gabriel Tortochot the third generation of the family to grow vines in Gevrey was a fervent defender of Burgundy's wines, and also the president of the "Syndicat Viticole de Gevrey-Chambertin". After a long carreer in charge of the domaine in 1997 he stepped down and passed his responsibilities to his daughter Chantal, who had worked in the Petrochemical sector and started studying viticulture at 35 years of age, when her father was already 80 years old.
They have spent 5 vintages together when Gabriel passed away in 2001, and Chantal was who really started domaine bottling, since her father previously had not much help taking care of the domaine and was than selling most of his production to Maison Joseph Drouhin.
Chantal not only increased the production of domaine bottling from 10.000 to 60.000 bottles a year, but also had to search for a new clientele for all this new domaine wine being produced.
A new storage building was built in 2000 to hold the production that was no longer sold to negociants.
The domaine converted its vineyards to organic viticulture since 2008, but had been experimenting since 2003. The domaine also uses cover crops and promote the development of a healthy ecosystem in their vineyards.
WinemakingThe wines are 100% destemmed, fermented in stainless steel tanks and macerated for 5-7 days at low temperatures. (14-15°C)
Pump overs and punch downs are used as necessary on each cuvee, free run juice and press juice are blended before being transferred to barrels for ageing.
The wines are racked after the malolactic is completed. Later the wines age in barrels on the fine lees for 15-18 months.
A mix of coopers are used to source the barrels to avoid a “marked” style. The village wines age in 15-25% new oak, 1er crus in 30-50% new oak and the grand crus from 80 to 100% new oak, all medium toasted barrels.
Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Lavaux St Jacques
Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru Les Champeaux
Gevrey Chambertin Champerrier Vieilles Vignes
Morey St Denis 1er cru Aux Charmes
Chambolle Musigny 1er cru Les Sentiers