Established in 2011, Le Grappin is a micro-négociant based in Beaune run by Emma and Andrew Nielsen. Following an epiphany drinking a bottle of Domaine Dujac Clos de la Roche in 2006, Australia- born Nielsen gave up a highly successful career working in advertising to become a winemaker in Burgundy.
After a five-year stint working in wineries around the world – including Felton Road in New Zealand and Coldstream Hills in Australia – it was when Andrew started working at Domaine Simon Bize in Burgundy that his idea for Le Grappin came to fruition.
Working in Burgundy, he became aware of the potential of some of its lesser-known vineyards. He realised there were many under-valued sites that were often overlooked by the region’s larger producers. If he could persuade growers to sell him grapes from these specific parcels, he could create unique expressions of these nuanced sites. Finding underrated plots in village and Premier Cru wine appellations became Andrew’s pet project.
The winery currently produces Pinot Noir and Chardonnay cuvées from the Côte de Beaune including a Beaune, Premier Cru, Les Boucherottes, a Santenay Premier Cru Les Gravières and a village Savigny-lès-Beaune. They also produce a more entry level “vin de soif” range under the Du Grappin label. The wine come from the Mâconnais, Beaujolais and the Côtes du Rhône. Committed to sustainable production, Le Grappin does not use capsules for their bottles and also sells a selection of their wines in 1.5-litre bags aptly named “bagnums”. Working with organic fruit and minimal intervention, Le Grappin produces natural wines that speak clearly of these remarkable sites, with amazing purity of fruit and finesse.