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Highly respected domain with its origins as early as 1696. The young Louis Cheval-Gatinois has been at the wheel since 2010, already in the twelfth generation.
90% of the 7.2 hectares are planted with Pinot Noir, 5 hectares. are for their own production, the rest becomes a house of Bollinger interests. Among the 7.5 ha. Some have turned to personal Aÿ plots, such as Vauregnier, Valnon, Chaufour and Chatillon.
At Gatinois they try little or nothing in the cellar: no filtration, no cold maceration or other methods to make the champagne stabilizer. The expansion is done in steel, no wood is used. The wines recognize the natural malolactic fermentation.
All Gatinois wines distinguish about 90% Pinot Noir, the small group Chardonnay comes for the freshness. The character of Gatinois is strong, earthy, with a lot of structure. Because of the ripe Pinot Noir fruit, they always have a slightly darker color, says Louis. They are extremely good food companions. If you combine them with food. "Our wines are for gastronomy and not for sitting around the swimming pool," says Pierre Cheval, father of Louis.
Facts: Aÿ, Grande Vallee, R. M., 7.2 ha, 50,000 bottles, 90% Pinot Noir, 10% Chardonnay, 100% Grand Cru, aging only in steel, Natathera cultivation