80% Pinot Noir20% Chardonnay
Fosse-Grely is a sélection massale planting of Pinot Noir and Chardonnay at the bottom of the hill in Essoyes. Fosse means ditch, and Grely is an old local word that means gravel. Fosse-Grely is the largest parcel at the domaine, and was the first one planted by Bénédicte's father, Gérard, in the 1980s. In addition to their vineyards, Ruppert-Leroy operates a biodynamically-certified farm where they grow their own vegetables, raise animals, produce their own composts / biodynamic preparations, and host conferences on biodynamics.
Fosse-Grely - located in the town of Essoyes
Clay-Limestone with a majority of red clay
Vines planted inEarly 1980s
Vineyard size1.5 hectares
PruningCordon de Royat, Guyot
ExpositionSouth / Southwest
All cuvées are made using the same process: vinification with natural yeasts without any fining or filtering. Cold settling occurs naturally with the winter frosts. Alcoholic fermentation, natural malolactic fermentation, and 9 months of élevage on fine lees take place in 225L barrels and 500L demi-muids.
Elevage18-20 months sur-lie in bottle, disgorged à la volée, and bottled without any liqueur de tirage (Brut Nature) or added SO2
Harvest typeHand Harvested
Fining/FilteringUnfined / Unfiltered
Total production average7,000 bottles
UPC Code Bottle580