Domaine Jerome Chezeaux has its origins in 1930 when Julien Missery purchased land in Nuits-St-Georges. The holdings were expanded by Bernard Chezeaux and in 1993 Jerome took over. Jerome studied at the Lycee Viticole de Beaune and with on the job training alongside his father.
Whilst well versed in modern techniques it is the domaine’s aim to follow tradition, respect the environment and preserve terroir in the wines.
The domaine extends over 11.3 hectares situated in the communes of Premeaux, Nuits, Vosne and Vougeot. It produces four different Nuits Premier Crus - Rue de Chaux, Les Pruliers, Aux Boudots and Les Vaucrains - as well as Vosne-Romanee Premier Crus Les Chaumes and Les Suchots. The domaine also owns a beautifully situated plot in the Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot nested near the Chateau at the top of the hill.
All of the grapes are hand harvested, from the simple village wines to the Grand Cru. Jérôme employs a 3 to 4 day "maceration à froid" or cold maceration prior to the alcoholic fermentation, which generally lasts two to three weeks in open top cement tanks. During this time, the must undergoes daily manual "pigeages" and "remontages" to extract colour, flavor and tannins from the grape skins. After pressing in a gentle pneumatic press, the wine is transferred into oak barrels where it undergoes the malolactic fermentation in Chezeaux's underground cellar. One-third of the barrels are replaced each year, so the proportion of new wood in the wines is low by modern standards. The wines are aged 18 to 24 months in barrel before being bottled without filtration.