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.  

Stéphen & Pierre-Emmanuel Gelin
Domaine Pierre Gelin
Stéphen Gelin
Domaine Pierre Gelin Bottles
Clos Napoléon Monopole
Les Hervelets
Domaine Pierre Gelin Vineyard
Pierre-Emmanuel Gelin
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“Sourced from the producer’s flagship monopole vineyard, this blackberried sip spotlights ripe but pristine berry and cherry flavors accented by whispers of smoke and peppery spice. Moderately full in body, it’s silken and supple in mouthfeel, with a glossy fringe of tannins that linger on the finish.”— (Editors’ Choice)
— Wine Enthusiast, Dec 2021
“Aromatic, boasting cherry, strawberry, sandalwood and green olive notes, with ripe berry fruit flavors underneath. Fresh and charming, this red shows fine balance, with light tannins gracing the long finish.”
— Wine Spectator, May 2021
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Vineyard & Production Info
Vineyard size
5 acres
Soil composition
Calcareous and Clay
Harvest time:
4 October 2016
Bottles produced of this wine:
Average Vine Age:
60 years
Certifying Organizations:
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Winemaking & Aging
Varietal composition:
100% Pinot Noir
Fining agent:
Type of aging container:
Size of aging container:
228 Liters
Type of oak:
Age of Aging Container:
15% New
Total SO2
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Analytical Data
pH level:
5.14 g/L
13.9 %
Total SO2