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Polish Jean Heresztyn arrived as a labourer in Burgundy in 1932. Working in Fixin and Gevery Chambertin, he made homself a name and began to asssemble his own respected domaine, now based in the town of Gevrey-Chambertin. He is succeeded by his two grandsons who manage the vineyards and make the wine along with their wives, who help with the business side. New additions to the winery have allowed their wines to further improve since 1999.Usually 60% new oak barrels are used for the premier crus and 70% for the Grand Cru, Clos St. Denis.
The greatest village in terms of notable grand cru vineyards, Gevrey Chambertin has no less than 9 of them including its most famous Chambertin and Chambertin Clos de Bèze, and includes a premier cru vineyard that many people deem grand cru in quality - Clos St. Jacques. It encompasses approximately 400 hectares under vine also making it the largest top quality vineyard area in the Côte de Nuits. Gevrey-Chambertin has many followers who seek out its deeply coloured, robust and textured wines. They are often firmer than the neighbouring appellations of Chambolle Musigny and Vosne Romanée and can take several years to soften once released. Due to its size and reputation, the list of excellent producers is noteworthy and many are worth seeking out.