Originally, this was the story of a Swiss family who fell in love with the Armagnac region. At the turn of the century, aware of the richness of the soils and distinctive aspect of some plots, the Gesslers gradually decided to give up mixed farming and devote a large part of Domaine de Joÿ to wine growing.
Their heirs to this love, Véronique and André Gessler, and now their sons Olivier and Roland, have taken steps to improve quality and produce generous, modern and extremely refined Côtes de Gascogne – a far cry from standardised bottlings – as well as a highly selective range of supple, fruity Bas-Armagnac.
Located in Parjas, in the heart of Gascony, the estate is set on typical Bas-Armagnac soils, formed primarily of clay-silica and silt-silica. Most of the estate’s vineyard plots also enjoy an excellent South-South-East aspect, promoting natural grape development. The property covers just over 130 hectares.
The average vineyard age across the estate is over 20. Colombard, Ugni blanc, Gros Manseng, Petit Manseng, Sauvignon and Chardonnay are the grape varieties used for the white wines. The reds and rosés are made from Tannat, Syrah, Merlot and Cabernet Franc. Bacco and Folle Blanche are used entirely for distilling to produce Armagnac.
Since Olivier and Roland took over the estate, they have constantly modernised the winery. The purchase of an ultra simplified wine making system, preventing oxidation, and of a low pressure press guarantees extremely clear juice and lack of tannins in the whites. The juice is then fermented at controlled temperatures in a fully insulated winery. Low temperature air conditioning provides optimum storage conditions for wines in tanks and bottles without adding sulphites.