Domaine Pierre Gelin Fixin Clos Napoléon

Fixin Clos Napoléon 1er Cru bottle image

Wine Description

Domaine Pierre Gelin is the leading wine producer in the small village of Fixin (pronounced “Fees-an”).  The family domaine was founded in 1925 by Pierre Gelin and is today in the hands of Pierre’s grandson, Pierre-Emmanuel. Pierre-Emmanuel farms organically and works to minimize the impact on the environment in both vineyard and cellar.

The family owns 32 acres in total including parcels in five Fixin premier crus and the monopole of Clos Napoléon. In 1961 Pierre also purchased vineyards in Gevrey-Chambertin including the monopole Clos de Meixvelle, Clos Prieur 1er cru, and the Grand Cru Clos de Bèze.

Clos Napoléon is a 4.5 acre monopole of Domaine Pierre Gelin and is the flagship wine of the estate. This premier cru was uncultivated at the time it was purchased by Pierre Gelin in 1950. The vines are now over 60 years old. The vineyard was originally owned by Claude Noisot, the surgeon to Emperor Napoléon, and was known as Aux Cheusots. Claude rechristened the vineyard Clos Napoléon in honor of the emperor.  

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“A dense, firmly wrought red, with cherry, currant, earth, iron and spice flavors framed by beefy tannins. Shows ample fruit, and the lasting impression is sweetness, so give this time.”
— Wine Spectator, May 2018
“Here too there is just enough wood to merit mentioning on the moderately high-toned aromas of red cherry, currant and rose petal. The medium-bodied flavors possess a caressing mouthfeel along with a subtle minerality that continues onto the bitter cherry pit suffused finish. This isn't especially concentrated but it's really very pretty.”(OUTSTANDING)
— Burghound, Jan 2018
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Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard size
5 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Bottles produced of this wine:
Average Vine Age:
60 years
Certifying Organizations:
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Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Total SO2
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Analytical Data
pH level:
5.5 g/L
13.8 %
Total SO2
Residual sugar:
0.2 g/L