Domaine Pierre Damoy dates back to the 1920s. It passed through various family members before Pierre took over from his uncle Jacques in 1992. IThe domaine is the largest holder of Chambertin Clos-de-Bèze with a huge 5.36 hectares.Much of this used to be contracted out before he arrived but he put an end to most of the contracts, although he still sells off a lot of fruit. If you drink a négociant Clos-de-Bèze there is every chance that the fruit came from Pierre’s vineyards. As well as being good for cashflow this selling off of fruit is a great way of sorting, allowing him to use only the very best grapes in his own cuvées.
Yields at the domaine are very low, thanks in part to the very old age of most of the vines but also because of the nature of the vineyard management. Aside from the Clos-de-Bèze, whose vines are generally between 60 and 90 years old (in top vintages, when he thinks it is merited, Pierre makes a Reserve wine, once called Vieilles Vignes, from one of the oldest plots, though quantities are tiny (between 1 and 3 barrels!) Pierre also has 2.2 hectares of Chapelle-Chambertin. The vines here are around 70 years old and grow on very poor soil. Consequently yields can be tiny, though the wines can be excellent. Pierre has around half a hectare of old vine Chambertin, which produces an enormously backward but classic style Chambertin. His humble Bourgogne, which comes from vineyards in Couchey and Fixin rather than Gevrey-Chambertin is a terrific wine that really over-delivers. The Clos Tamisot is a monopole village vineyard of 1.45 hectares that lies just behind the house. It is a mix of 90 and 65 year old vines and produces a very superior Gevrey-Chambertin.