Michel Gay et Fils Aloxe-Corton Vieilles Vignes 2018
Great Pinot Noir, earthy and fruity, balanced, deep and tense.
Winery:Michel Gay et Fils
Origin:Cote de Beaune, Burgundy, France
Farming Practices:Organic Certified
Type of Soil:Kimmeridgian limestone marls with heavy clay soils.
Varietals:100% Pinot Noir
Vessel Ageing:18 months in old French oak
Acidity g/l: 4.5
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Price per Bottle:54.90
Michel Gay began in 1992 after he and his brother split up their century-old family estate and decided to go it alone. Beginning with a meager 6.5 hectares in ’92, the Domaine has grown a bit to just over 10 hectares today. In 2000, the fifth-generation winemaker, Sébastien Gay returned to the Domaine following his studies in Beaune and immediately set about improving things.
The first thing Sébastien did was eliminate all herbicides in the vineyards and convert to an organic approach. He lives in his vineyards and tends each vine with exacting detail. The results were immediately evident with some sensational 2003’s and with each successive vintage, the quality continues to improve. In 2008, Sébastien invested in the domaine’s first sorting table and the quality again was reflected in beautifully balanced wines that year. He has since added a second sorting table and now the harvest sees the two tables in action with a dozen people meticulously sorting each bunch and berry to ensure only the top-quality fruit makes the grade. In addition to severe sorting at harvest, Sébastien has shown that he will only bottle the wines he deems up to his family name’s standard and anything that is not is sold to négociants.
In the past decade, since Sébastien Gay has taken over his family Domaine, we’ve seen an incredible rise in quality thanks to his efforts both in the vineyards and the winery. Today, the winery boasts a lineup of wines that are simply extraordinary.