Jérôme Galeyrand, a native of the Loire valley rather than the Côte d'Or, came to a love of wine via the cheese business where he worked for eight years. Having worked the harvest at Alain Burguet’s Gevrey-Chambertin estate for a couple of vintages he decided that winemaking was where he wanted to go and enrolled on a course at Beaune’s prestigious wine institute in the late 1990s.
He bought a tiny parcel of vines in 2002 and made his first vintage that year, hand-picking the fruit himself. Now that he has expanded his Côte de Nuits holdings a little, to 5 hectares, he needs the help of his friends to get the harvest in. Most of the vines are farmed organically, with the remainder farmed sustainably and no pesticides are used anywhere.
At first his home was also his cellars but his expansion has seen him buy a small cellar in Gevrey-Chambertin itself. He vinifies gently, sometimes with whole bunches, and then ages his whites for a year in oak, and his reds for 12 to 18 months depending on the vintage conditions. Bottling takes place with the minimum of sulphur.
What he is looking for is wines of fragrance, elegance and finesse, and in this he succeeds admirably.