Winery Profile

Axelle Machard de Gramont took over the family domaine from her father in 2004. Since then, the quality of the wines and the reputation of the domaine have increased exponentially from year to year. Axelle was not originally planning to be a winemaker, and so she is influenced by her experience growing up in Burgundy, but also from fifteen years living in Paris, where she was exposed to the burgeoning natural wine movement. This time away gave her the rare perspective of both an insider and an outsider in Burgundy.  Since returning to the Cote d’Or, Axelle has fully and completely embraced the life of the vigneronne, learning each of her vineyards by heart, and dedicated herself to making exceptional Burgundy. She has converted all 6 hectares of the domaine to organic viticulture, has reduced the amount of new barrique, and is taking a minimal intervention approach in the cellar. The result are wines with softer, elegant structure that retain the rich fruit of the best Pinot Noir from the Cote de Nuits.

The domaine is composed of several village vineyards in Nuits-Saint-George — including the 80 year old vines in Aux Allots near the border with Vosne-Romanée, and Les Terrasses des Vallerots, which Axelle’s father Bertrand reterraced and planted in 2001 on a plot that had been abandoned since the late 1800s. In addition, there is a tiny vineyard of Aligoté hidden next to the ruins of the Abbaye Saint-Vivant, a beautifully scenic spot off the beaten path.


“Axelle Machard de Gramont produces some of the most delicious, drinkable, honest, and inspiring wines in Burgundy today. There’s a handful of young producers in Burgundy taking their family domaines to the next level, and she is one to keep track of.” Josh Adler, Paris Wine Company



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Wines

Bourgogne Aligote: Farmed organically.  This wine comes from a parcel located on the “Colline de Vergy” in the Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, at the foot of the ruins of the Abbaye de Saint-Vivant. Planted on a clay and limestone soil, rich in marl, this vine produces a lively white wine, to be drunk young.  Native yeast fermentation.  Aged in stainless steel.

Bourgone Rouge “Les Grands Chaillots”: From a parcel within the commune of Nuits – on the eastern side of the D974, opposite of Les Poirets, planted in 1987.  These vines produces a dense and full Burgundy, with good potential for ageing.

Nuits-Saint-Georges “Terrasses des Vallerots“: Farmed organically. Stony, clay and limestone soils.  From a 2 hectare parcel replanted and re-terraced by Axelle’s father Bertrand in 2001 which sits directly above the premier cru vineyard of Les Vaucrains.  This plot had previously been abandoned in the late 1800s after phylloxera, and, as such, has never been exposed to any chemicals.  All farming is done by hand on the terraces.  Native yeast fermentation, aged entirely in used barrique.  A lighter, more feminine style of Nuits-Saint-Georges with fine tannins.

Nuits-Saint-Georges “Aux Allots”: Farmed organically.  From a plot of 80 year-old vines, located at the bottom of the slope, near Vosne-Romanée. The soil is relatively deep clay and limestone.  Native yeast fermentation.  Aged in mainly used barriques.

Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Vallerots”: Farmed organically.  Planted in 1984, above the terraces, on a half-hectare plot. More deeply-rooted, this vine produces a wine with great aromatic purity, fine with a mineral character. Native yeast fermentation.  Aged in mainly used barriques.

Nuits-Saint-Georges “Les Hautes Pruliers”: Farmed organically from a plot of fifty year-old vines that sit directly above the Pruliers 1er cru on a steep slope with poor soils. These vines produce a deep, well-structured and complex wine. Native yeast fermentation.  Aged in mainly used barriques.

Vosne-Romanée: Farmed organically.  From four parcels of vines planted in the 1960s.  This wine has fine texture, with great density and soft tannins. Native yeast fermentation.  Aged in mainly used barriques.

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