The grapes to produce Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Pierre Naigeon were hand harvested with selective picking in the vineyard. The vinification of Charmes Chambertin Grand Cru Domaine Pierre Naigeon in this winery is fed by gravity, without the use of pumps. A cold maceration took place over one week, which was followed by a fermentation lasting between 20 to 30 days. During the fermentation, hand plunging and pumping-over took place to oxygenate the wine and extract the desired levels of colour, tannins and flavour. The wine was aged for between 12 to 18 months in 100% new oak and was bottled unfined and unfiltered.
Pierre Naigeon, who inherited this 120-year old estate in the mid-nineties, believes passionately in sustainable farming. He looks to produce wines full of fragrance, revealing the natural terroir. The average age of his vines is remarkably high, mostly over 50 years. The grapes for this wine come from a 25 hectare parcel of 60 year old, Guyot trained vines. The vineyards are meticulously managed with the use of organic fertilisers; no herbicides or insecticides are used. A sustainable approach is undertaken with ploughing, careful pruning and a green harvest. The vines are grown in clay and limestone soils, which have a significant presence of iron.
Domaine Pierre Naigeon is a leading and renowned producer in the Côtes de Nuits. The Naigeon family has been established in Gevrey-Chambertin for over 150 years. They acquired some vines and started to produce wine in 1890. The estate remained reasonably small until 2003 when Pierre purchased more land increasing their holdings to 11.5 hectares. Pierre Naigeon believes passionately in sustainable farming, without the use of herbicides. He believes in non-interventionist winemaking and aims to produce wines full of fragrance, revealing the natural terroir. The average age of his vines is remarkably high, mostly over 50 years, which endows the wines with extraordinary quality, maturity and concentration.