Pernand-Vergelesses
Welcome
Our family concern is situation in Pernand-Vergelesses, a picturesque village of the Côte de Beaune. Our 14 hectares of vineyard cover the communes of Pernand-Vergelesses, Savigny-lès-Beaune, Aloxe-Corton and Chorey-lès-Beaune.  
 
HISTORY 
In 1940, Raoul Denis, winemaker of the prestigious Hospices de Beaune - as had been his father and grandfather, decides to take up with his wife, and as a secondary activity, the 2 hectares of vines that then constituted the small family holding. 
In 1972, they create the company Denis Père et Fils with their first son, Roland, and his wife, Annick, while the vineyard expands and in particular is enriched by the inclusion of the Ile des Vergelesses appellation. 
In 1982, with some new plantings and the acquisition of prestigious parcels including Corton-Charlemagne and Aloxe-Corton, the direct commercialisation of the wines from their 10 hectares of vines starts to take off. 
In 1992, Raoul, going into retirement, hands the torch to Christophe, the youngest of his sons.  
Today, the vineyard covers 13,5 hectares. We are 4 associates: 
 
- Roland Denis 
- Christophe Denis and his wife, Valérie 
- Jean-Baptiste Gauthey, our nephew 
 
Sales in bottle, which started at the beginning of the 1970s, have grown from just a few hundred corks to 60,000 bottles in 2012.  
 
Growing Method 
Our way of growing is traditional and ecological, thought out in terms of sustainable viticulture. 
It is based on observation of the vines and the local climate, which allows fertilizing with manure to be finely-balanced and rationalized, to reduce as much as possible the usage of phyto-sanitary products against vineyard pests. We use a large majority of biocontrol products and manures are only chosen among those usable in organic agriculture. 
A large part of the Domaine’s vineyards are grassed naturally to develop diversified flora, limit erosion and favour aeration of soils. The remainder, those with soils easier to work, are ploughed. These two techniques allow herbicides to be eliminated. 
We are developing agro-ecological infrastructures (trees, hedges, ditches, small stone walls…) that encourage the local fauna. Some 80 % of our 14 hectares (35 acres) are now bordered by forest, hedges or banks of vegetation. 
We are careful regarding savings in natural resources, water and energy. 
We recover up to 30,000 litres of rainwater each year, used in our spray treatments, watering of young plants and washing down equipment. 
Using dead vines, vine branches and twigs, old barrels and wooden stakes allows us to heat a large part of our buildings through the winter.  
For ploughing and spraying operations, the movement of tractors - major consumers of fuel - is strongly rationalized. 
As you may understand, we are actively involved in the respect of nature without wishing, however, to be AB-certified in Organic Agriculture. 
 
 
 
VINIFICATION 
Our red wines are vinified in the traditional way so as to enhance their fruit aromas and the finesse of the Pinot Noir. 
The entire harvest is carefully sorted before crushing. De-stemming is systematic and maceration lasts approximately 14 days.  
Wines are subsequently matured in oak barrels for 14 to 18 months. New oak is used carefully to respect each terroir, the proportion varying from 10 to 30 percent depending on the vintage and the appellation.  
White wines, from the Chardonnay grape variety, gain their structure from vinification in the oak barrels in which we continue their maturation for 12 months. 
Bourgogne Aligoté, from the Aligoté variety, is vinified and matured in vat to preserve its fruit aromas, its freshness and vivacity. 

All our wines are bottled by us at the Domaine.