estate, which comprises 9 hectares, has been handed down from father
to son for more than 7 generations. It is a family business. Some
pieces of the vineyard were the property of Henry Gille born in
Gille family has lived in Comblanchien continually since 1570. It
is the only family from the XVI century still present in this
estate was passed down from father to son but the size of the
property has changed through acquisition, sales, inheritances and
estate as it exists today was built by Vivant Gille (1877 - 1938),
grand-father of Pierre, the current owner. It is characterized by
very old vineyards. Some of them are more than 100 years old. The
soil is composed of clay and lime-stone from the Jurassic period.
harvest is gathered by hand and the wine-making of the prestigious
vineyards is made in renovated old wood vats
Productivity is low, less than 40 hl per hectare which allows a
constant quality to be maintained.
the past three generations a sort of tradition has crept into the
winemakers’ family. Henry Gille (father of Pierre) was a fighter
pilot in the French Air Force before taking over the estate from his
father; Pierre Gille was an airline pilot with Air France for 30
years before returning to the property; Matthieu Gille, his son, who
will continue the family wine tradition, is a private pilot.