Founded in 2011 by Andrew and Emma Nielson, Le Grappin is a superstar micronegociant based in Beaune, Burgundy, producing hand-crafted wines highly sought-after for their purity and drinkability.
Australian-born Andrew previously spent five years working for some of the world's greatest Pinot Noir and Chardonnay artisan producers in the Yarra Valley, California, Central Otago, and Burgundy. His vision with Le Grappin was to seek out exceptional small parcels of vines in little-known sites in the reaches of Burgundy and bottle them each separately. Working with very small lots, the wines are made in an ancient cuverie. Bottling is done by hand using a specially designed gravity device. The hand-bottling is gentler on the wines, which are beautiful - elegant with freshness and a transparency that allows the individual terroirs to shine. The packaging of the Le Grappin wines is striking, with labels designed by an artist who uses drafting tools to create intricate designs on old ledger paper. The Nielsens are passionate about the wastage in wine packaging and for this reason, capsules are not used. In addition to the Le Grappin wines, Andrew also makes less expensive vins de soif under the Du Grappin label. Delicious, fun, and refreshing, these are produced with as much care and attention as the Le Grappin wines, using grapes sourced from passionate and revolutionary growers in the under-rated Mâconnais, Beaujolais and Rhône regions.