The Burgundy region has plenty to offer such as; a nice geographical location and the perfect weather for growing grapes. With its 100 different appellations, you’ll find all kinds of different wines that will tickle your taste buds and offer you an amazing experience of the many producers.
Chablis is an appellation from Burgundy, North of the Rhone. With 5000 hectares, this region is renowned for it’s kimmeridgian and limestone soils.
With 90 hectares of property and more than 1000 years of history thanks to the « Obediancerie », the Domaine Laroche beholds many secrets. The story begins in 867 when the abbots of St Martin arrived in Chablis. In 877 the relics of St Martin were hidden in one of the towers of obediencerie. Between the XVth and XVIIth century, it became a major wine producer in Chablis and then a private property in 1789. Today, they produce Chablis, Chablis Premiers Crus and Grands Crus.
Hautes Côtes de Beaunes - Nuiton Beaunoy
The following day, we went to visit the Hautes Côtes de Beaunes - Nuiton Beaunoy, a cooperative cellar, which was established 60 years ago. With 450 hectares of vines in production and a little more than 100 associated producers, they produce 23 000 hectolitres in regional appellations, village AOC and Crémant de Bourgogne (this last one represents 25% of the production).
With 24 hectares of vines, the domaine makes 150 000 bottles per year with 6 hectares of Grand Crus. All of their vines have been worked biodynamically for the last 25 years. Over the last 10 years, they developed 20 hectares in the Maconnais and are still developing in the Côte d’Or. Nowadays, they have a little more than 44 hectares as well as a négoce activity, sourced from biodynamic producers only! They handpick the grapes and want to “respect the vines and not brutalize them”. Sadly, they export 75% of their production, which leaves very little for us French people!
Since 1920 the Amiot family, generation after generation, have taken care of the terroir of Chassagne Montrachet (which became an AOC in 1937) on the Côte-D’Or. Planting vines from 1920 to 1930, with mostly Chardonnay and Pinot Noir. Their name is known around the world thanks to their quality wines that express the true terroir identity. Today, Guy Amiot is passing the domaine down to his two sons who are taking care of the vineyards and winemaking as well as the business development around the world.
Their history goes back to 1859 when Louis Henry Denis Jadot founded the Maison Louis Jadot. In 1826, the Jadot family bought some Beaune Premier Cru Clos des Ursules. Louis Jean Baptiste succeeded him in 1900 and then continued to develop the company by buying vineyards in Corton Charlemagne and Chevalier Montrachet Les Demoiselles. In 1985, Madame Jadot decided to sell the company to the family Rudy Kopf, the wine import company in the USA. All the wines from the domaines are in AOC; today cultivating 225 hectares in the Côte d’Or, Maconnais and Beaujolais.
Domaine de l'Arlot
Nuits Saint Georges
Owned by AXA Millesimes since 1987, this year was also the year of the creation of the Name «Domaine de l’Arlot». At the end of the 80’s, there were no direct descendants which lead to the domaine being sold. Today, they own two monopoles; Clos des Forets Saint Georges (7,2 hectares which is half of the domaine’s surface) and the Clos de l’Arlot (2 hectares of Pinot Noir), as well as 2 hectares of white. The rest of the appellations are on the Vosne Romanée AOC. They work in organic agriculture certified since 2013 and practice biodynamic cultures without certification. Similarily to the Domaine Leflaive, they export 70% of their production with the United Kingdom as their first market.
Domaine Chantal Lescure
Nuits Saints Georges
The Domaine Chantal Lescure is a family owned domaine that was founded in 1972. Chantal’s children took over the estate in 1996. They changed the production to bottles and not in bulk as their parents used to do, and adapted organic and biodynamic agriculture. They have 18 hectares (15 hectares of white and 3 of red) with 20 appellations and 20 different cuvées representing their varied ‘climats’.
Cuverie des Hospices de Beaune
The history of the Hospices de Beaune, a former charitable almshouse, goes back to the 15th century. It was founded in 1443 by the chancellor of Burgundy. In order to generate money, donations were made, firstly with money and lands, and then with vineyards. Today, the Hospices has 60 hectares of vines, and organize every year an auction (organized by Christie's since 2005). This year will be the 157th auctions of the organization, with 787 ‘pièces’ (barrels) available.
Maison Louis Latour
Since it’s foundation in 1797, this domaine has always been a family company. It is nowadays directed by the 7th Louis Latour, representing the 11th generation of the family. The domaine is composed of 48 hectares from Grands Crus Red of the Côte de Nuits, with Chambertin and Romanée Saint-Vivant, to the Grands Crus White of the Côte de Beaune, Corton Charlemagne and Chevalier-Montrachet. In Burgundy, their red wines are exclusively made from Pinot Noir and their whites from Chardonnay.
Clos des Lambrays
Morey Saint Denis
Named after the Grand Cru Clos des Lambrays, where the vineyards – before the revolution – were split into plots of 10 hectares. Some of the them were divided further but Clos des Lambrays is still the original parcel from 1365! Today, it represents 85% of their production. The rest of the production comes under the production of Puligny Montrachet, Caillerets and Folatières AOCs.
Domaine de Montille
Hubert de Montille was destined to be a lawyer. As all men of his family, being a lawyer was in their blood, but not for him. He wanted to develop his winery, which he did. He always lived a double life in between the court and the vineyards, being passionate about the vines. As he believed in the future of bottled wine, he began the production in 1947, and played an important role in the future of the domaine. His children, as he did, learned to be lawyers as well, but returned to the vines fairly quickly. Nowadays the domaine counts 20 hectares of vines, of which 75% are Premiers or Grands Crus, as well as 17 hectares from the Chateau de Puligny that Etienne de Montille bought in 2012. Today, his estate counts 37 hectares as well as a négoce activity.