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CHABLIS and CHABLIS 1ER CRU

As one of the most northern communes in Burgundy, Chablis makes the most of 150 million-year-old Jurassic base rock. The sea that covered Burgundy at that time left behind it a plethora of oyster fossils that can still be seen in the rock today. This limestone-marl gives both our Chablis and Chablis 1er Cru very original minerality and finesse, which beautifully combines sumptuousness and complexity of aromas and flavours. Their international reputation is legitimate. So we take very particular care in making sure that we give these wines the apposite vinification in barrels to allow their unique personalities to come through. Enjoy young for a 'Village' appellation or savour our 1er Crus after a little more cellaring (5 to 10 years).

 

CÔTE DE NUITS-VILLAGES

The village of Nuits-Saint-Georges, that gives its name to this 20 km spread of Côte or gentle slope that is rarely more that 500m wide, is between Dijon and Beaune.
Côte de Nuits-Villages brings together the terroirs within this band that are worthy of representing the appellation. Set on Middle Jurassic limestone, this land is in essence suited to reds and thus Pinot Noir; the only grape variety authorized for the appellation.
Our Côtes de Nuits-Villages delight with their blackcurrant and cherry aromas with nuances of liquorice and cinnamon. Their tannins are elegant without any astringency, enhanced by the roundness given by maturing in oak for over a year. They can be cellared for 4 to 6 years.

NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES and NUITS-SAINT-GEORGES 1ER CRU

It is to this iconic Côte de Nuits village that the Chevaliers du Tastevin came in 1934 to set up their fraternity. However, it is much better known for giving the world a red wine with true character!
The alliance of its grape variety, the Nuits east/southeast facing marl and limestone soil and our work in vinification are the fathers of its well-built red fruit and spice structure that melds as it evolves to give an animal feel. Lovers of full-flavoured, intense wines will particularly enjoy our 1er Crus.
Nuits-Saint-Georges and Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru round out beautifully with a little ageing. To fully appreciate all their flavours, we recommend cellaring for 8 to 15 years.

GEVREY-CHAMBERTIN

As you take the wine route from Dijon to the north, the village de Gevrey-Chambertin could be hailed as being at the beginning of Burgundy’s “Champs-Élysées”- as some wine lovers call it. This wine was Napoléon’s beverage of choice, he drank half a bottle of it per meal.
To achieve the ideal expression of this terroir, we vinify this Pinot Noir slowly to retain and magnify the natural blackcurrant, liquorice and leather aromas and flavours which render this wine so graceful and powerful over time.
Age is an ally for this sensual wine; over the years it rounds off and gains in character until the lucky taster feels like they are biting into pleasure and breathing in its flesh. You may enjoy our Gevrey-Chambertin young, but we recommend that you keep it for 8 to 15 years and up to 20 for great vintages.

VOSNE-ROMANÉE

There are 6 Grands Crus on the commune of Vosne-Romanée. It is hardly surprising then that these Pinot Noir lands give us exceptional red wines. As the writer Gaston Roupnel said “La Bourgogne n’a rien fait de mieux que ce petit coin où elle a réuni ses enchantements”(Burgundy hasn’t given us anything better than this little haven where all the region’s enchantments come together). Facing the rising sun over limestone-marl soil, this is the cradle for a nectar with distinct bilberry, cherry and undergrowth notes. The velvetiness of its tannins highlights its racy elegance. It is one of the greats, it is flamboyant, and requires around 10 years’ cellaring.

SANTENAY and SANTENAY 1ER CRU

The village of Santenay is the southernmost in Côte de Beaune and neighbours Chassagne-Montrachet, a commune that is renowned for its 1er Crus and, above all, its white Grands Crus.
The perfect aspect of our vineyards (sunshine from the rising sun to noon) means that we can craft both red and white Santenay and Santenay 1er Cru. Our reds, made using Pinot Noir, offer up intense deep notes (usually bilberry), with remarkable length. Our whites, made using Chardonnay, are lively and fresh, donning notes of hazelnut that they gain over the months of oak maturing that we give them. Both our white and our red Santenay and Santenay 1er Crus can be laid down for 6 to 10 years, double that for great vintages.

SAINT-AUBIN 1ER Cru

The village of Saint-Aubin is adjacent to the communes of Chassagne-Montrachet and Puligny-Montrachet, on which the majority of white Burgundy Grands Crus are to be found. This means that its very limestone soil is eminently suited to giving exceptional white wines. If this soil and the Chardonnay grape variety are its two pillars, our vinification owes it to the wine to magnify the treasures nature gives us. To do this, we mature our wines generally using a third new barrels, a third year-old barrels and a third 2-year-old barrels. Once they are bottled, this balance gives a wine that is elegant and racy, with mellow honey and cinnamon notes blending in creamy richness. Our Saint-Aubin 1er Cru can be cellared for 5 to 10 years.

MEURSAULT

The name of Meursault alone brings to mind the great white Burgundies. Set in the heart of Côte de Beaune, it also marks the border between lands for white in the south with its neighbouring commune of Puligny-Montrachet, and lands suited to red to the north with Volnay and Pommard. Village names that sound out like declarations of love.
The gentle slopes the vines are planted on mean that the grapes get ideal sunshine for winemaking.
This gives us Meursault that is true to the reputation of the appellation: rich and fatty, donning vegetal and floral notes that rub up against the creamy butteryness and hazelnut flavours given by the Burgundian Chardonnay.
This is a great white to lay down, it can easily be cellared for over ten years.

CHASSAGNE-MONTRACHET

As far as white Burgundies are concerned, the village of Chassagne-Montrachet perhaps expresses the best of what Chardonnay can do in Burgundy. It is no accident that divine Montrachet Grand Cru is at its heart.
Its limestone soils, coupled with an east/southeast aspect make this ideal land for white wine making.
It allows us to bring you white wines with a light mineral touch, where the mouthfeel is of mellow strength. Our oak maturing adds the pear and almond notes so enjoyed by white wine lovers.

PULIGNY-MONTRACHET

Though the commune of Puligny-Montrachet is well-known for having the majority of the great white Burgundian Crus on its lands, it is also famed for the quality of its communal appellations and Puligny-Montrachet 1er CRU. Along with its neighbour Chassagne-Montrachet this commune shares the east/southeast facing aspect so loved by Burgundian Chardonnay. Our work during vinification consists of subliming these natural attributes to bring out the mellow hazelnut and honey notes that we like to find there.

MONTRACHET and BATARD-MONTRACHET

With our Montrachet and Bâtard-Montrachet we are going into the world of the greats. Considering that, originally, “Rachet”means ‘bald’, what an irony it is that Mont Rachet meaning ‘mount bald’ has become a hill on which today are planted the vines for the best white wine in the world (at least, that’s what Thomas Jefferson thought).
These lords among wines are powerful and racy, almost tannic (though white wines don’t have tannins).
The harmony of notes of brioche, dried fruit and even spices at the end, the whole in perfect subtlety and nobility, make each tasting a divine moment. It is unsurprising that Alexandre Dumas said of Montrachet Grand Cru that it “should be drunk kneeling with your head bared”.

CORTON and CORTON-CHARLEMAGNE

Mount Corton is the cradle place of two of Côte de Beaune’s Grands Crus: Corton-Charlemagne and Corton (the latter is the only red Grand Cru in Côte de Beaune). This specificity comes from the fact that the slopes form a southeast to southwest facing arc that is very unusual in our region.
The Pinot Noir for red Corton flourishes mid-slope, while the Chardonnay vines for Corton-Charlemagne cover the highest and steepest slopes.
We can easily leave our Grands Crus to age, for them to reach their peak in aromas and flavours. Through this, our Corton brings you full, intense notes of bilberry and pepper, while our Corton-Charlemagne, that is just as opulent and refined, transcends Chardonnay with its citrus, cinnamon and pineapple notes.

COTE DE BEAUNE VILLAGES

Not to be confused with “Côte de Beaune”, the appellation area for which is in the heights of the hills above Beaune; Côte de Beaune Villages brings together nearly all the communal AOCs around Beaune.
The grapes for our Côte de Beaune Villages mainly come from Les Maranges, in Southern Côte de Beaune.
Pinot Noir, paired with the full south and southeast facing terraces they grow on give our Côte de Beaune Villages forthright blackcurrant and raspberry aromas and flavours in gentle repartee with floral and vegetal notes.
An elegant wine to enjoy after 2 to 5 years.

VOLNAY and VOLNAY 1ER CRU

Encircled by Meursault and Pommard, Volnay is a village dedicated to the god Pinot Noir. The reputation of its red wines goes back many centuries; these heights of Côte de Beaune were already being harvested for grapes before the French Revolution.
We keep our Volnay and Volnay 1er Cru in oak barrels for several months.
This gives spicy notes time to intermingle with and complete the velvety flavours of red fruit.
Rightly judged to be the most feminine Burgundy, this wine’s finesse and charm is captivating, like the stamp of a scrumptiously tinted pair of lips left on yours.

POMMARD and POMMARD 1ER CRU

If its neighbour Volnay is feminine, Pommard is undeniably masculine! This is the benchmark wine, famed the world over, only ever red, only ever Pinot Noir.
Its wealth comes from the concentrated red fruit aromas and flavours that are often coupled with notes of leather and pepper.
Powerful yet noble, it was as relished by the kings of France as by the most distinguished of her citizens, including Ronsard and Victor Hugo. Our work at vinification contributes sturdy structure and powerful aromas and flavours that increase in magnificence with age. Our Pommard and Pommard 1er Cru can be enjoyed after 5 to 15 years cellaring, or even longer for great vintages.

 

Côte Chalonnaise, in the Saône et Loire department, carries on from Côte d'Or to the south of Côte de Beaune up to the north of the Monts du Mâconnais. The continental-style climate is really beneficial to ripening of the grapes. There, you will find five neighbouring villages: Montagny, Givry, Mercurey, Rully and Bouzeron.

GIVRY

King Henry IV’s favourite wine, Givry is mainly home to red wines. A distinguished wine with a well-built framework, Givry offers up a bouquet of violet and blackberry aromas with variations set around liquorice. Though quite tannic at the start, Givry becomes suppler and rounds out after 3 to 5 years in the cellar. Its refined aromas make it suited to terrines and delicatessen meats, fattened hens and medium matured cheeses.

RULLY

Rully is a very old village in the northern part of Côte Chalonnaise, 20km south of Beaune. Rully gives Village and Premier Cru red and white wines. The whites have great fruity length, excelling in hedgerow blossom aromas and flavours and make an ideal partner to fish and hot shellfish dishes. The reds, boast a red and black fruit and liquorice bouquet. The quite firm tannins of Rully in its youth give a solid fruity structure after a few years’ cellaring.

MERCUREY

Mercurey is one of the largest Burgundian appellations in size. The reds are rich in body and fruit. Relative mineral firmness evolves towards fleshy roundness as the wine reaches its peak; this is accompanied by accents tending towards undergrowth and spicy aromas. They give depth to grilled meat and are perfectly suited to matured or soft cheeses. The whites give off blossom, hazelnut and almond aromas with a hint of mineral. Great as an aperitif, or when served with fish –grilled or in sauce – and hard cheeses.

MÂCON-VILLAGES

The terrois of Southern Burgundy, with their south/southwest aspect, have been vinegrowing lands since Gallo-Roman times. Their limestone subsoil is suited to the Chardonnay grapes used to make the whites; they are also well-matched with the Gamay grape variety inherited from the neighbouring Beaujolais region to create the reds. White Mâcon-Villages are dry yet suave wines, with notes of citrus and honeysuckle. The reds, with their purple-blue hue that is representative of the variety, bring small red fruit and spice to mind. Wines to simply enjoy young!

VIRÉ-CLESSÉ

The fruit of an aggregation of the appellations of Mâcon-Viré and Mâcon-Clessé, this Mâconnais communal appellation is made using only the Chardonnay grape variety. Its characteristics include liveliness and punch, the fruit of the mineral notes that comes thorough on the palate. It often has scent of spring to it, with blossom and fern aromas. Here, the vegetal side gives a fresh, clear-cut signature that is characteristic of Mâconnais wines. Enjoy our Viré-Clessé young, within 3 years.

SAINT-VÉRAN

A cousin of Pouilly-Fuissé; the vineyards that give this wine border the former to the north and south. Saint-Véran is at the southern tip of the Mâconnais Vineyard. If only a white wine is made here, it is because the Chardonnay grape variety is particularly at home in the clay-silt soils here. The pairing of the soil and the grape allows us to bring you a mineral, forthright and lively wine that is much enjoyed by fans of this style of wine. In it, you will find notes of white fleshed fruit and almonds, rounded off by a characteristic vegetal and floral feel. Enjoy young, within 3 years.

POUILLY-FUISSÉ

Pouilly-Fuissé is harvested at the foot of the famous ‘Roche de Solutré’ limestone escarpment, which is famous the world over for its Palaeolithic prehistoric site: Le Solutréen. As far as the vines are concerned, the limestone land is suited to growing grapes for white wine; the flavours come through in our wine that bears the stamp of flint. These flavours meld harmoniously with the citrus characteristics contributed by the Chardonnay grape; filling out with natural richness highlighted by the way we craft the wine, giving it exquisite complexity and balance. Enjoy it in its youth for its fresh side, or after up to 6-8 years’ cellaring to make the most of its potency of aromas and flavours.

 

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