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Dominique Gruhier | Cremant de Bourgogne | Burgundy, FR 2017

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🧑‍🤝‍🧑 Pair with: oysters, seafood, fried foods, hor d'oeuvres, serve as apertif

🌱 Farming: Certified Organic

🥶 Serve: Cold

🍇 Grape Varieties: 60% Pinot Noir, 40% Chardonnay

🌎 Region: Burgundy, FR

🤓 Geek Out: 9 month in steel, 24 months in bottle

Dominique briefly studied Mechanical Engineering before realizing he wanted to work in wine, so he transferred to Lycée Viticole to pursue his passion. After school, Dominique went on to serve his then-mandatory one year military service where he met a winemaker from the Southern Rhone. It just so happens that said winemaker's father had planted 4.5 hectares of vines for him in Epineuil, a town located 10 minutes northeast of Chablis in Northern Burgundy. And just like Chablis, those vineyards are planted in Kimmeridgian limestone soils. 

The son never took an affinity for the vines, neglected them, and put the vineyard up for sale. Dominique bought them in 1990. 6 months later, a vigneron from Champagne put his Epineuil vineyards on the market. Dominique's father purchased them, and hired his son to tend the vines and make wine.

All this good luck eventually went bad (Are you still reading this?!) All the grapes from Dominique's vineyards were pledged to a local co-op for 3 years. The co-op propositioned a 25-year contract, and if Dominique didn't sign, they weren't going to take the upcoming harvest. He didn't sign. He was able to borrow winemaking equipment from an old nearby winery. The old cement tanks were bull of brettanomyces, and his first vintage undrinkable!

In '91, the vineyards froze and didn't produce sufficient crop. Icing on the cake? Dominique's father's newly purchased winery was burnt to the ground by an arsonist. In '92, while waiting for his father's winery to be rebuilt, Dominique rehabbed those old concrete tanks to be sterilized and treated with a special coating. (Are you still reading??? Thrilling, I know! Poor Dominique). The coating was never applied, the 1992 vintage all smelt like trashcans. All the wine went down the drain. Ensue 8 years of lawsuits.

His father put the domaine on the market. It stayed there for 7 years. Dominique eventually sold some of his vineyards to come up with a down payment on his father's winery and vineyards. He bought the business with a long-term lease. 

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