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Domaine HARMAND-GEOFFROY

Gevrey-Chambertin

A Gevrey focussed domaine with old vine holdings in some of the village’s finest sites.

Background

After several visits we are pleased to have begun working with Philippe Harmand and his father Gérard. Philippe is now in control of wine making and viticulture and while both remain largely traditional, he is beginning to introduce new canopy management techniques, as well as making changes in the winery. In the vineyard they practice lutte raisonnée, no herbicides or pesticides have been used for over 30 years. They let the grass grow between the vines over winter and plough between the rows when the soils dry. A green harvest controls yields. Philippe is careful to keep the leaves around the bunches. As the suns direct rays and heat burns off acidity this provides shade for the grapes; he feels this gives his wines extra freshness.

In the winery no stalks are used, the grapes see a five-day cold soak before fermentation with natural yeasts. The village and 1er wines see between 20-40% new oak, the Grand Cru 90%. Gevrey purists, they have a serious line up of sites including Lavaux, Champeaux and Mazi Grand Cru. Their Monopole, La Bossière, is Gevrey’s smallest 1er Cru and one of the highest, giving a fine, mineral wine. The Gevrey Vieilles Vignes comes from 50-80-year-old vines which grow below 1er Cru Champeaux to the north of the village in the Brochon sector.

These are classically styled Gevrey that will please traditionalists, although I feel Philippe is beginning to find a new focus and poise in the wines. With his energy and the domaines old vines I think exciting times lie ahead for Harmand-Geoffroy.

Current Vintages

RedsVintage
From 10 parcels spread across the appellation, some below the Grand Crus, some to the north on the higher slopes, producing a super classic Gevrey.
2016
60-80-year-old vines growing near Mazis. Shares some of that sites finesse but with an open profile that doesn’t demand such long ageing.
2015/16
Three sites all in the Northern Brochon sector, En Songe. Champerrier and En Derriere. 50-80-year-old vines. A textbook Gevrey village which shows the village’s brambly fruit and deep structure at its finest.
2015/16
The vines lie just below Mazi-Chambertin and give a wine which is silky and shows bright cherry fruit.
2016
This vineyard sits on rocky ground high up the Combe de Lavaux. The oldest Harmand vines are over 80 years old. Their smallest holding, we get very little, but take all we can beg!
2016
40-85-year-old vines in six parcels spread throughout this vineyard known for its refined, elegant wines.
2017
Three parcels in Mazis Haut, three in Bas, mainly 40-70-year-old vines with a few ancient 90-year olds as well.
2016

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