Dominique Gruhier, Bourgogne Epineuil, Domaine de l’Abbaye 2015

Second highest scoring wine with 94pts by Tim Atkin MW in Decanter's Good value red Burgundy: 32 wines to seek out

Far and away one of the most dynamic domaines of the small appellation of Bourgogne Epineuil, in its relatively isolated and unknown location north-east of Chablis, Domaine de l’Abbaye du Petit Epineuil's owner/winemaker Dominique Gruhier has made a speciality of various cuvées of Bourgogne Pinot Noir that rival the quality of better known names further south in the Côte d’Or.

These are wines with fruit and elegance that blossom after 5 to 7 years – from very steep (40% gradient), south-east-facing vines on stony soil. Gruhier’s wines show classic minerality but at the same time are ‘très gourmand’ with their winning combination of freshness and purity of fruit.

Dominique Gruhier, Bourgogne Epineuil, Domaine de l’Abbaye 2015
Dominique Gruhier, Bourgogne Epineuil, Domaine de l’Abbaye 2015

"Fresh, spicy, savoury with some oak, showing sweet cranberry and raspberry flavours and the restraint and cool elegance of northern Burgundy. Complex and well balanced, with fine tannins, tangy acidity and lovely nuance. A Pinot that refreshes and caresses the palate at the same time."

94 pts - Tim Atkin MW, Decanter Magazine
Tasting Notes

This Bourgogne Epineuil comes from Dominique Gruhier's 8ha of younger Pinot Noir vines, situated on Clay & Kimmeridgian limestone soils. This wine is fresh and vibrant with plenty of juicy red and dark fruits gracing the palate. Although lighter because of it's more northerly location, this packs a punch with good tannic structure and a mouthwatering acidity that keeps you diving back into the glass. Match with hard cheeses, game or lamb. Drinking now until 2025.

At A Glance
Country Of Origin France
Region Burgundy
Grape Pinot Noir
Vintage 2015
Producer Domaine de l’Abbaye du Petit Epineuil
ABV 13.0%
Style Medium-Bodied
Volume 75cl
Closure Cork
Serving Suggestion Serve Room Temperature
Food Pairing Cheese, Duck, Game
Organic Yes
Staff Suggestion Yes
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