DOMAINE DU GRAND MONTMIRAIL
France, Rhône Valley
YVES CHERON is the fourth generation of the well-known Cheron-Misset winemaking family, with original roots deep in Burgundy. In the 1960’s, Yves’ father, Denis Cheron, moved from Burgundy to explore the as-yet untapped potential of the VACQUEYRAS and GIGONDAS appellations at that time, with Yves taking the reins in the 1980’s after an education at the esteemed Lycée Viticole in Beaune.
DOMAINE DU GRAND MONTMIRAIL is one of their several family-owned estates in the Rhône, including properties in Gigondas, Vacqueyras,and Beaume de Venise. The family owns 90 acres in the Gigondas appellation, on the hillside and terraces of the southern slope of the DENTELLES DE MONTMIRAIL, with vines of up to 50 years in age.
Vignoble Cheron also owns the Domaine Les Hauts de Mercurol and Domaine Michel Poinard in the northern Rhône, as well as Domaine Paul Misset and Domaine des Varoilles in Burgundy.
Yves’ vineyards are sustainably farmed, using organic products and practices. The wines are hand-harvested in several stages for ideal ripeness, and are sorted both in the fields and then again in the cellar, with two triage events prior to fermentation.
During the two-week maceration there is a daily punch-down of the grapes, and the wines are then gravity-transferred into barrel. The finished wines are bottled without fining and only the grapes at the bottom of the tanks undergo light filtration. The wines are aged in temperature-controlled stainless steel and concrete tanks, which are located underground to protect the wines from the severe heat at ground level.
The Winemaking Philosophy
Of particular note is that Yves made his oenological studies in Burgundy, understanding the myriad nuances of the Pinot Noir varietal.
“Burgundy is an excellent school for expressing the fruit and most delicate aromas of the terroir, and has helped me to define the profile of the Rhône wines that I produce: elegance, finesse and silkiness,” Yves explains.