DOMAINE DU GRAND TINEL
France, RHÔNE VALLEY
A true family story of life & winemaking, the RAVAUT history spans six generations rooted at the base of the famous mountain of CORTON, at the junction point of and the CÔTE DE NUITSand the CÔTES DE BEAUNE
The colorful GASTON RAVAULT, known as The Uncle founded the Domaine in the 1920’s with just a handful of parcelles of vines near the small village of Buisson in Ladoix-Serrigny. His grandson (also named Gaston) now runs the estate with sons PIERRE AND VINCENT RAVAUT.
The estate spreads over 45 acres, producing some 7,500 cases annually, 80% of it red. The total Domaine extends across the appellationsof Corton, Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru, Ladoix 1er Cru, and Côtes de Nuit Villages for the reds, and Corton-Charlemagne, Puligny-Montrachet, Ladoix Blanc and Bourgogne Chardonnay for the whites.
Nowadays, Pierre & Vincent each have their own areas of expertise, with Pierre being responsible for the vineyards and Vincent taking care of the vinification, élevage and bottling.
What makes the Ravaut vineyards special is their unusual location at the juncture of the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits, for here the geology changes. North is Comblanchien limestone and south is a younger Jurassic rock, giving way to a softer, more marly soil. The resulting wines are a unique combination of styles, crossing the masculinity of the Cotes de Nuits with the elegance of the Cote de Beaune.
The 45 acres of vineyard are harvested completely by hand, through a series of successive sortings, so that only the very best grapes are selected. A green harvest is effected at the end of July to limit yields and increase sugar & polyphenol concentrations.The soils are aerated in winter and spring, and there is extreme de-budding and de-stemming of the grapes at harvest.
The Winemaking Philosophy
As Pierre and Vincent RAVAUT will attest,
"Our philosophy is that we adhere to traditional methods, with practices such as hand harvesting, rigorous sorting of the grapes, and as little intervention as possible in the vineyard and in the winemaking process. It is our goal to produce wines which express the sturdy masculinity of the Côtes de Nuits terroir, combined with the elegant femininity of the Côtes de Beaune terroir."