Claude Dugat is a highly esteemed Burgundian estate known for producing exceptional wines in the Côte de Nuits region of Burgundy, France. The estate is located in the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, renowned for its prestigious vineyards and world-class Pinot Noir.
The domaine was founded in 1955 by Claude's father Maurice when he purchased the Grange de Dimes – a 13th Century structure that had been used to store agricultural tithes for the church. Maurice converted it to a winery and cellar and renamed it the Cellier des Dimes.
Claude Dugat runs the domaine with his family, while his three children also run the small negociant business La Gibryotte. Claude's cousin is the well-regarded Burgundy producer Bernard Dugat who owns Domaine Dugat-Py.
Farming practices at the domaine are strictly sustainable and done without the use of any fertilisers or herbicides. Since 2013 they have been farming with an emphasis on organic procedures as well as incorporating some biodynamic practices. At the heart of all their vineyard work is the idea of having a light touch in the vineyards in order to bring in the highest quality fruit. Appelation includes Bourgogne, Gevrey Chambertin, Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru, Gevrey Chambertin 1er cru “Lavaux St Jacques”, Charmes Chambertin, Chapelle Chambertin, and Griotte Chambertin
Cellar work is fairly consistent across all the estate cuvée’s and fruit sources. All of the fruit is 100% destemmed and fermentations take place in concrete tanks with gentle punch downs twice a day, which they prefer over pump overs to limit the amount of oxygen ingress. The juice is left in tank for about 2 weeks before being racked to barrel for malolactic and aging; the juice is left to settle for 2 days prior to being racked to barrel. A fair amount of new oak is used in the wines, their Bourgogne rouge being the only cuvée that does not see any new oak. All of the barrels are supplied by the Francois Frères cooperage, and although a lot of new oak is used there is rarely any strong new oak characteristics found on the palate or nose of the wines.