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Domaine des Varoilles

Swiss creativity in Gevrey-Chambertin
Mondovino will give you an insight into the work of the Domaine des Varoilles and its range of wines.
Swiss national Gilbert Hammel bought this ten-hectare domaine in 1990. It's a substantial property for Gevrey-Chambertin, where vineyards average only five hectares. The Domaine des Varoilles comprises vineyards in seven appellations, of which 1.4 hectares are classed as Grand Cru, 7.1 hectares as Premier Cru and 1.5 hectares as Villages.
Gilbert had to give a lot of careful thought to the purchase – a big investment at the time. After buying it, he invested generously in the care of the vineyards and regularly updated all the cellar equipment, including the tanks, press, sorting table and wooden barrels. Renovating the cellar twelve years ago enabled him to dispense with pumps altogether, moving the wines only by gravity – which allows the musts and wines to be handled very gently. The tanks are cooled during fermentation to retain as much as possible of the wines' delicate aromas of fruit. New wood is used with restraint, to add character to the terroir and allow the fruit to express itself to the fullest. Gilbert spends about two days a week at his estate so that he can closely oversee the care of the vineyards, the grape harvest and the ageing of the wines. Today it is clear that his investment and his efforts have paid off handsomely. The wines have reached an impressive level of quality, and since the 2011 vintage they have regularly been awarded 90 points and more by Allen Meadows, the best-known critic of Burgundy wines.

Wines from the Domaine des Varoilles