Domaine Michel Gay, Chorey-Les-Beaune


You find this domaine off the track in the village Chorey-les-Beaune, on the plains below the Côte d’Or, and on the wrong side of RN74! This is a relatively young family of vignerons, Michel Gay representing the fourth generation. In 1942 Domaine Gay Père et Fils was split in two by the brothers, Michel and Francois, and in 1996 a new winery was built. In 2001 Michel Gay retired, and Sébastian Gay took over joined by his brother Laurent, who is an oenologist.

Vineyards include close to 15 ha red and white. The holdings are a collection of excellent terroirs of Côte-de-Beaune: Corton Renardes GC, Beaune PC in lieux-dits Les Gréves, Les Toussaints and Les Coucherias, Savigny-les-Beaune PC in lieux-dits Les Vergelesses and Les Serpentiéres, in addition to Village Aloxe-Corton and Chorey-les-Beaune. The domaine makes two red Aloxe-Corton cuvees, one standard cuvée and one from old vines in the parcels Les Crapousuets, Les Cailettes, Boulmeau and Les Boutières. The domaine also makes two cuvées of red Chorey-les-Beaune. The vieilles vignes come from the lieux-dits Confrelin, Les Beaumonts and Les Champs Long, while the standard cuvée includes Les Pertuisotes and la Maladérotte with a small amount from Les Beaumonts. Finally, the domaine also makes Bourgogne Passetoutgrain. Vins blanc include Beaune PC Les Coucherias, Chorey-les-Beaune and Bourgogne Aligoté. Vineyards are farmed organically without certification. Traditional vinification, and only 30% new oak is used. The wines are bottled after 18 months without filtration.

We have enjoyed full tastings with both Michel Gay and his wife and Laurent Gay, all of whom are open minded, down to earth, and straightforward people. Overall, the quality is high and qualité/prix intéressant. This means, it difficult to select, so we have tried all their wines, and were very surprised as to their red Chorey Village 2009, which demonstrated a vibrant strawberry/cherry fruit and sensual character, very enjoyable in 2011. Normally, we prefer their excellent Savigny-les-Beaune Les Serpentiéres and Les Vergelesses, and the riche and more complex Beaune Les Coucherias.