Producer

Domaine Gaston et Pierre Ravaut

Country

FRANCE

Region of production

Burgundy, Côte de Beaune

Appellations

15, including Corton-Charlemagne, Corton Grand Cru Les Hautes Mourottes, Côte de Nuits Villages and Ladoix

Founded

1920

Climate

Oceanic (both Continental and Mediterranean)

Soil composition

Clay-limestone with white marls and maroon soil made up of limestone and flint pebbles

Vineyard

12 hectares used for production

Agriculture

Sustainable

Production Volume

60,000 bottles, of which 80% are reds and 20% are whites

Varieties Grown

Chardonnay, Pinot Noir

Ages of Vines

50 years old, on average

Behind the Wines

Vincent Ravaut

Vincent, a trained oenologist and amateur pilot, has successfully injected a decidedly youthful style into grape production and winemaking. He took over managing his family estate in 2013 and is also the Vice-President of Promotion Ladoix, an association of grape producers.

A prestigious family-run estate

There are three main reasons why Domaine Gaston et Pierre Ravaut is one of our favourite estates: the warm welcome, the good-natured craftsmen and the high-quality wine.
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Impressive appellations

Domaine Gaston et Pierre Ravaut is situated in Côte-d'Or, at the foot of the famous Corton hill. This is the only area in Burgundy that produces both white and red Grands Crus. You’re likely already familiar with these renowned appellations: Corton, Corton-Charlemagne, Aloxe-Corton, Aloxe-Corton Premier Cru and Ladoix.

A promising start

Gaston Ravaut, known as Le Tonton (not to be confused with his grandson, Gaston, nicknamed Le Tounet) began selling his estate’s wine in 1920. The product quickly became known for its quality and even earned him a medal at the 1936 Concours Général Agricole. And that was only the first chapter of the story!

From father to son

Tonton’s son, Pierrot, expanded the estate and secured the Ladoix appellation for their red Premiers Crus. These reds are now world-renowned. The estate was since passed down from Pierrot to his son Gaston Le Tounet, and then to Pierre and to Vincent, the current owners. Vincent will soon be joined on the 12-hectare estate by his son, Jules, the youngest in a long line of proud winemakers.

A pleasant surprise

During a 2014 tasting at Domaine Ravaut, we noticed that the 2014 reds were more refined than previous vintages. This was the result of major changes made to both the vines and the cellars. A 2014 oak-aged red revealed stronger aromas, more complexity and density and flavour characteristics. Shortly after we began to do business with the estate, the Bourgogne Aujourd’hui journal echoed our sentiments by reporting that Domaine Gaston et Pierre Ravaut’s 2014 vintage was a must-buy.

Their most prized plot

Vincent Ravaut has a soft spot for his estate’s Les Basses Mourottes Ladoix Premier Cru. The terroir is very unique and complex, as is the sub-soil.

At Galleon, we have a special appreciation for the Corton-Charlemagne plot, where they produced one of the finest whites in the world, the 2014 Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru.

Most memorable wine-tasting experience

“A 1953 Aloxe-Corton, a perfect wine that I shared with friends after my grandfather’s death in 2008. It was an emotional occasion made all the more memorable by this perfect wine.” — Vincent Ravaut