Gevrey-Chambertin is the appellation formed at the foot of the slope of the Grands Crus. These vineyards enjoy an eastern exposure, are well drained and are planted on brown calcic soil with silt deposits. The wines produced here are the most delicate and naturally balanced, offering remarkable fullness and length.
Tortochot is one of the more famous estates of the area and has been in the family for 4 generations. In the 19th century Paul Tortochot was a modest “vigneron” on the “Place des Marroniers”. His son Félix married Louise Liébaut from Morey Saint Denis, the neighbouring village. The Liebauts were well known in the village, to such an extent that they even have a varietal of Pinot Noir named after them! Gabriel, the son of Félix ran the 12 hectare estate for many years before moving aside to let his two daughters, Brigitte & Chantal, take over. In fact it’s Chantal that runs the estate’s day-to-day activities.
Chantal is a business grad and spent over a decade working for an American petrol company in the finance department. After years of working in a stress-fuelled “American environment”, Chantal believed it was time to move back to the family wine estate and took control aged 35.
Thanks to Chantal, the estate has been organic certified since 2013.
Les Corvées is a fruity, quite firm wine, with good length in the mouth and firm tannins. This vintage is coming into its own now, but will happily age on a couple of years.