Grower Website Domaine Dugat-Py Region: France - Burgundy

Consumers and the press alike view Domaine Dugat-Py as one of the vin de gard Pinot Noir producers in the world. The domaine also produces and bottles wine under the label of Bernard Dugat-Py. Gevrey-Chambertin is another of the villages in Burgundy with a truly long history starting with roots in prehistoric times with Gallic communities and leaping forward to the Abbey of Beze founded in 630. It is now the largest commune with over 600 hectares of vines and boasts the greatest number of Grand Crus (9 of 23) and some stunning Premier Crus. Little remains of the buildings of L’Aumônerie, a small abbey at the foot of the Combe de Lavaux in the old part of the village of Gevrey-Chambertin. Amazingly the vaulted cellars, built by Abbot Halinard in the 11th century on orders from the Papacy, are beautiful, solid and the quiet resting place for the wine filled barrels of Domaine Dugat-Py. Members of the Dugat family have been tending vineyards in the Gevrey-Chambertin appellation from the beginning of the 17th century. Bernard Dugat and his son, Loîc are the 12th and 13th generation in this lineage of vignerons. Bernard’s grandmother, Jeanne Boinot, traces her line back to 1645 in Gevrey-Chambertin; deep roots, very deep roots. The Dugat-Py style harkens to the type of wines made in Burgundy in the 1960’s and before. The wines are very dark in color, concentrated, rich, full bodied and elegant. In their youth the wines are tight and only begin to show their evolution after 6-8 years in the bottle. These are wines built for the long haul. As much as possible Bernard leaves the wine alone to make itself, uses only naturally occurring yeast and includes the use of stems during fermentation to soften the tannins.

Country France
Region Burgundy
Appellation(s) Gevrey-Chambertin, + others in Côte de Nuits
Proprietors Bernard Dugat, Jacqueline Py
Founded 1994
Winemaker Bernard Dugat
Annual Production 1,800 9L cases
Farming (Sustainable, organic, biodynamic) Sustainable/organic

VINEYARDS

Bernard uses the knowledge of past generations to guide him in the vineyard. Vines are tended meticulously. Organic farming practices help sustain the soil and vines. Yields are very low, on average 30 hl/hectare and in some years as low as 20 hl/hectare. Most of their vines are Vieilles Vignes (65+ years old). Bernard always picks on the early side of the harvest to avoid over-ripeness.

WINERY

Bernard Dugat’s first vinification was 1975. He married Jocelyne Py in 1979 and finally created Domaine Dugat-Py fifteen years later in 1994. Many advancements and changes followed. Son, Loîc became part of the domaine after studying enology. They started on the road to farming organically and all vineyards became organic in 2003. Vineyard plots in Pommard and Meursault were acquired. Renovation of the old and creation of a new winery ensued. A Chassagne Montrachet 1er Morgeot plot was added to the fold. With the use of horse drawn ploughing Dugat-Py made another nod to the ecology of the vineyards of Chambertin, Mazis-Chambertin, 1er Cru Fonteyn and Les Evocelles. And, finally in 2009 parcels of Les Evocelles were re-planted with new vines.

Wine Blend Vine Age Soil Type Vineyard Area ha or acres
 Bernard Dugat-Py Total = 1 ha
Bourgogne Rouge N/A
Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir Planted circa 1925 Clay & limestone 0.04 ha
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot Chardonnay Planted 1950 Limestone & iron 0.24 ha
Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru Chardonnay Planted 1970 Clay & limestone N/A
Meursault Vieilles Vignes Chardonnay Planted circa 1946
Pernand-Vergelesses 1er Cru Sous Fretille Chardonnay Planted 1970
 Domaine Dugat-Py Total = 8 ha
Bourgogne Rouge – Cuvée Halinard Pinot Noir Planted 1940 – 1990 Clay & limestone N/A
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir Planted 1980 Chalk, limestone, iron 0.48 ha
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Pinot Noir Planted 1965 – 1985 Clay & limestone 0.31 ha
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Champeaux Pinot Noir Planted 1960 Brown & red topsoil, white clay 0.33 ha
Gevrey-Chambertin Cuvée Cœur de Roy Pinot Noir Planted 1910 – 1965 Clay & limestone 3 ha
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Lavaux St-Jacques Pinot Noir Planted 1970 White clay, many small stones 0.14 ha
Gevrey-Chambertin Les Evocelles Pinot Noir Planted 1950 Clay & limestone, very stony 0.8 ha
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Petite Chapelle Pinot Noir Planted 1964 Clay & limestone 0.31 ha
Gevrey-Chambertin Fonteny Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir Planted 1965 Clay & limestone .03 ha
Gevrey-Chambertin Vieilles Vignes Pinot Noir Planted 1965 – 1985 Clay & limestone N/A
Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir Planted 1964 0.21 ha
Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru Pinot Noir Planted 1980 Chalk, limestone, iron 0.23 ha
Pommard Vieilles Vignes La Levrière Pinot Noir Planted 1946 0.78 ha
Vosne-Romanée Vieilles Vigne Pinot Noir Planted 1938 Clay & limestone 0.31 ha