Domaine Sainte Barbe

This small producer is making biodynamic Macon from 45-year-old vines. The vinification process involves natural yeast development, tank fermentation, and aging on fine lees for seven months. The wines are gently filtered before bottling at the domaine.

 

AT A GLANCE

Region: Burgundy, Macôn
Winery Location: Viré
Winemaker:
Jean-Marie Chaland
Production: 2250 cases

Winery Classification:
Domaine, 100% Certified Biodynamic
Varietals: 45-year-old vine
Chardonnay
Winemaking: Natural yeast development, tank fermentation, gentle filtration and bottling at the domaine.
Ageing: Aging on fine lees for seven month in stainless steel

 

Domaine Chalet Pouilly

Run by Doctor Léger-Plumet and his wife Agnes, the Domaine du Chalet Pouilly is a family owned domaine which is more than one hundred years old. Their 8 hectare property is located on the hillside and overlooks the small hamlet of Pouilly, at the heart of the appellation Pouilly-Fuissé. Their vines are old, their soil rich and calcareous. Their philosophy is to let nature express itself through the wine; that is why they produce age-worthy wines with a rustic touch.

AT A GLANCE

Region: Burgundy, France
Winery Location: Solutre-Pouilly, Burgundy, France
Winemaker:
Doctor Léger-Plumet
Production: 9000 cases

Winery Classification:
Domaine
Varietals:
Chardonnay
Winemaking: Only natural yeasts induce fermentation, the wine is preserved on fine dregs until the end of malolactic fermentation
Ageing:
Oak barrels

 

François D'Allaines

I found François through Jean Marc Roulot and Alix de Montille. Alix sources grapes from many of the same growers that François uses, buying only old vines (thirty years minimum age), from the best names in Burgundy, from growers who share their qualitative concerns.

He believes that if he is going to make St. Romain, for example, the grapes must come from a producer who only grows St. Romain. This way the grapes are picked at the right time and given their due respect.. Many producers in Volnay or Pommard also own St. Romain, but for them the St. Romain will come second to their more prestigious appellation. Thus, they will pick when their more important parcels are ripe rather than bringing in a crew to pick the St. Romain when it is phenolically ready (as a result, there is lots of 'green' St. Romain in the market).

He ferments in barrel without excess of new oak. Wine-making is overseen by Jean-Yves Devevey who is considered by some experts as one of the best wine-makers of his generation. Their production currently consists of 90% of white wines and 10% of red wines.

AT A GLANCE

Region: Burgundy, Cote d'Or
Winery Location:
Demigny
Winemaker:
Jean-Yves Devevey
Production: 950 cases

Winery Classification:
Négociant, works exclusively with old vines Š 30-year-old minimum
Varietals:
Pinot Noir
Winemaking:
All wines undergo malolactic fermentation, limited batonnage helps bring richness to the white wines.
Ageing:
Some new oak

 

Lucie et August Lignier

After the tragic death of Romain Lignier, Domaine Hubert Lignier was divided between Hubert and his grandchildren, Lucie et Auguste. The 2004's and 2005's listed were made by Hubert, but raised by Romain's widow, Kellen Lignier, who has taken over as winemaker of the newly named domaine. In 2006 we will see the first vintage made by Kellen, who trained at Domaine Romanee-Conti and has proven that she is every bit as capable as her late husband at producing great wine.

AT A GLANCE

Region: Burgundy, Cote d'Or, France
Winery Location: Morey St. Denis
Winemaker:
Kellen Lignier
Production:
2800 cases
Winery Classification:
Domaine
Varietals: Aligote, Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Winemaking: Grapes picked and destemmed by hand. Natural fermentation occurs in a few weeks with little to no intervention during and after fermentation. Wines are racked at bottling.
Ageing: Ageing in 100% French oak, with an average of 25% new oak for the village wines, 50% for Premier Cru and up to 100% for Grand Cru and small parcels.

 

Camille Giroud

The eponymous winery was founded in 1865. It was passed down through the generations, first to Camille's son, Lucien, and then to his grandsons, Bernard and Francois.
The house was known for wines made in the traditional style, which were ageable for many, many years. The family bought the wines after the wine had finished malolactic fermentation and aged them for up to 18-36 months in used oak casks. The wines would then spend at least 3-4 more years in bottle before they were released. As their source for great, ageable Burgundy started to dry up, the brothers started to invest in grapes and produce the wine themselves, sometimes working with as many as 40 different appellations.
What set Camille Giroud apart was that the wines were only released when they were deemed ready. Buyers had the opportunity to get a 1971 Echezeaux that had been sitting in the cellar since that vintage. This is not the most effective business model from a financial standpoint, but the desire of the house was to give their clients the opportunity to buy older wines of guaranteed provenance. Only Robert Ampeau in Meursault had a similar business model.
This business model worked in the beginning, but over many, many years, it became ineffective to tie up cash in Bourgogne Rouge for ten years prior to release. This financial strain took its toll on the brothers and their relationship. Finally, in 2001, they put the winery up for sale. At the time of sale they had some 350,000 bottles, from such legendary vintages as 1937, 1947, 1949, 1964, 1971, 1976 and 1978.
Investment came in an unlikely form - Napa Valley cult-winemaker Ann Colgin and her financier husband, Joe Wender. Joe put together a small investment group from Goldman Sachs, teaming up with Becky Wasserman, the famous Burgundian exporter, as their managing partner.
Though Ann's Napa Valley winemaking style is in direct opposition to the traditional focus that had been Camille Giroud, Ann and Joe are committed to preserving Giroud's hallmark style. "We are doing this because we are great lovers of Giroud's wines, particularly the older vintages, and we wanted to see the Giroud name and style preserved", says Joe Wender.
One of the ways they insured the traditional style of the future wines was to hire winemaker David Croix. Though David is only 24 years old, he has the poise, wisdom and confidence of an old soul. Though Giroud was his first job as head winemaker, he trained under Benjamin Leroux at Clos des Epeneaux.
His first vintage was 2001, though that year they only bought wines that were already through malolactic and finished them at the winery. This allowed David a year before his first real vintage, 2002, to assess existing contracts, renew those that were strong, and find new and better ones with which to make his 2002. They also continued to make wine from the vineyards that Giroud owns; these are Beaune 'Les Cras,' Beaune 'En Avaux' and Hautes Cotes de Beaune. However, this vineyard is still owned by the brothers and the winery merely rents the plot from them. In 2002, David made 21 reds and 3 whites.
The grapes are 100% de-stemmed and pressed in a pre-1920's wooden press. David prefers this press to the more popular pneumatic version, saying that it is gentler. He prefers to ferment in oak. Though he uses only used oak on the village and 1er Cru appellations, he will use some new oak on the Grand Cru. This is only because some of the barrels that he inherited at Giroud were so old that he needed to buy some new ones, to at least be working with clean oak. Soon all the wines will be fermented in used, but clean, oak.
Giroud is keeping with the tradition of circulating older vintages. Every year, they release between 10-15 wines, dating back to the 60's. In addition, they release a certain percentage of current vintage, which is a new practice for them. This allows them to capitalize on the press of a new vintage and still hold enough back to re-release later.

AT A GLANCE

Region: Burgundy, Cote d'Or
Winery Location:
Beaune
Winemaker:
David Croix Domaine
Production: 4000 cases

Winery Classification:
Negociant/Domaine
Varietals:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Winemaking:
15 to 20 day fermentation with regular punching down. Ageing in barrique for 18 months
Ageing:
2-3% new oak

 

Domaine Des Croix

Domaine des Croix is the new incarnation of Domaine Duchet. Roger Duchet built the domaine in the 1950
s and 1960's, by purchasing vineyards mostly in Beaune 1er Crus. The domaine and its five hectares of vines were sold in 2005 to a small group of American investors led by Roger Forbes. They have installed David Croix as winemaker, who now splits his time between Domaine des Croix and Maison Camille Giroud. The name Domaine des Croix was chosen for itÕs double entendre referring to David's last name and to the statue of a cross in their holdings of Corton-Charlemagne.

AT A GLANCE

Region: Burgundy, France
Winery Location:
Beaune, France
Winemaker:
David Croix Domaine
Production: 1500 cases

Winery Classification:
Domaine
Varietals:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Winemaking:
Fermented 15-20 days in barrique
Ageing:
12 months in barrel, 50% new oak; Reds: 18 months in barel, 20% new oak

 

Gilles Jourdain

Is it magic, or just good old hard work and dedication? We suspect the latter as there is no shortage of it here where Gilles offers this modest village appellation the attention others would reserve for their premier or grand crus. We challenge the best tasters to differentiate between a decanted Cote de Nuits Village Robignotte (a monopole, by the way) from Gilles and a Nuit St George 1er Cru Les Pruliers from others. The major difference? price. Both vineyards share the very rare Burgundian terroir containing blue marl.

AT A GLANCE

Region: Cote de Nuits, Burgundy, France
Winery Location:
Corgoloin, France
Winemaker:
Gilles Jourdan
Production: 2700 cases

Winery Classification:
Domaine
Varietals:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligote
Winemaking:
3 week fermentation
Ageing:
14 months in oak with no more than 30% new oak, 2-3 months in vats

 

Jacques Bavard

For over 50 years, the Bavard family has been producing exquisite wines in Puligny Montrachet. The Sherbrooke team met Jacques Bavard at his Burgundian bistro in the Marais, in Paris, which he ran for 20 years. Once they tasted the elegant minerality his family's as-yet-undiscovered Puligny, they convinced him his wines should be a national secret no more! Jacques and his wife are now dedicated to producing wine full-time, with a little help from some famous friends in their village.

AT A GLANCE

Region: Puligny Montrachet, France
Winery Location:
Puligny, France
Winemaker:
Jacques Bavard
Production: 2000 cases

Winery Classification:
Domaine
Varietals:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir
Winemaking:
Minimal intervention and batonage to clean the wine
Ageing:
Barrique, 5% new

 

Parigot

At the beginning of the 1900's, Emile Parigot chose a profession that was atypical in his region - that of a sparkling winemaker. Five generations of later, the traditions that he began have been approved upon to create a high-quality crémant made in the method champenoise.

Crémant is the only appellation in Burgundy that is allowed to blend Pinot Noir, Chardonnay, and Aligoté together. According to regulation, the grapes must arrive whole to the wine press. To achieve this, Parigot picks manually into shallow containers to avoid crushing the grapes. They then sort the grapes to further ensure the healthy state of the harvest. The initial quality of the grapes is indispensable to obtain a high quality crémant. The harvest comes from different parts of the region: the low lying plains, the area surrounding Beaune, and the hills around Beaune; this allows for a perfect balance of base wines. Each variety is pressed separately and vinified according to origin.

The alcoholic (ten days) and malolactic (three weeks) fermentations occur in stainless steel vats. The blending takes place at the beginning of the year following the harvest. It is an art and ritual in which each variety, and each terroir, is significant.

Blanc des Blancs:
This is a blend of Aligoté and Chardonnay. The Chardonnay, by far the majority, supplies the blend with acidity, minerality and its elegance. The Aligoté gives wine its vivacity and wheat-like color.

Rosé: The rosé is made exclusively from Pinot Noir in the saignée method. The grapes are left to macerate with the juice for a few hours to give it its' salmon robe. This wine is both delicate and hearty enough to be drunk through a meal.


AT A GLANCE

Region: Crémant de Bourgogne, Burgundy
Winery Location:
Savigny-Les-Beaune
Winemaker:
Alain Georger
Production: 2000 cases

Winery Classification:
Domaine
Varietals:
Chardonnay, Pinot Noir, Aligoté
Winemaking:
Alcoholic and malolactic fermentation in stainless steel
Ageing:
One year in stainless until blending

 

Maison Benjamin Leroux

Benjamin has made his name as the winemaker at the famed Comte Armand in Pommard. We are thrilled to debut his eponymous negociant. Benjamin is known for his commitment to biodynamics at Comte Armand; for this project he focused on vineyards that were practicing good viticulture in appellations he liked. Eventually the goal is to convert all the vineyards to biodynamic practices.

2007 Bourgogne Blanc
2007 Auxey-Duresses
2007 Savigny 'Jarrons'
2007 Volnay 'Clos de la Cave des Ducs

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   
 
JACQUES BAVARD
FRANCOIS D'ALLAINES
DOMAINE CHALET POUILLY
CAMILLE GIROUD
LUCIE ET AUGUST LIGNIER
DOMAIN SAINTE BARBE
DOMAINE DE CROIX
GILLES JOURDAIN
PARIGOT
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