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Domaine Chevrot came recommended by the talented Jane Eyre, who worked with them when she first arrived in Burgundy from Melbourne. Based in Maranges, the domaine is run by brothers Pablo and Vincent, who took over from their parents in 2007 after gaining experience in Bordeaux and Central Otago. They farm the 19-hectare estate organically and have introduced horse-drawn ploughing (for less compacted soil) alongside larger barrels to refine the style of the wines. These excellent changes have helped raise the domaine’s profile.
Situated just 10 kilometres south of Puligny and Chassagne-Montrachet, Maranges has been gaining attention due to its wines' increasing quality and affordability. Domaine Chevrot is nestled in the heart of the appellation and is widely viewed as one of its leading producers. Their wines don’t receive SO2 treatment until bottling, due to Vincent being allergic, resulting in under 50 mg/l for red wines and under 60 mg/l for whites.
The brothers constantly look to improve their approach in the vineyards and the cellar. As a result, Domaine Chevrot became one of the pilot research wineries for the BIVB (Burgundy Wine Board) and currently leads a program on combatting the spread of Brettanomyces in Burgundian cellars. This research greatly benefits not only their wines, but those of Burgundy in general.
The Maranges Villages Blanc is sourced from vines grown on granite and gravel soils on the lower part of the hill. The resulting wine is defined by distinctive notes of praline and roasted hazelnuts, alongside a lovely texture balanced with lively acidity. The Maranges Premier Cru ‘La Fussière’ Blanc is sourced from a steep west-facing slope with chalky soils, which Pablo describes as “almost Champagne-like”. The nuances of this site contribute to the wine’s depth, clean fruit, fresh acidity and long finish. The brothers also have two hectares of vines in Santenay, and the Santenay Premier Cru ‘Clos Rousseau’ Blanc is made from fruit grown on chalky soils and aged using 20% new oak. The resulting wine is fresh and slightly honeyed with ripe stone fruit flavours, great depth and a long finish.
Domaine Chevrot’s red wines have a depth of flavour seldom found in Maranges. The Maranges ‘Sur le Chêne’ Rouge comes from a three-hectare ‘lieu-dit’ purchased by Pablo and Vincent’s grandfather. Utilising a 30% whole-bunch fermentation creates perfumed, red-fruit aromatics, alongside gentle tannins and crunchy acidity. The Maranges Premier Cru ‘La Fussière’ Rouge is deeper in colour than the villages wine, with rich but delicate aromas of dark fruits, fine tannins and a powerful yet elegant finish. Its structure is enhanced by 18 months of oak ageing, with 30% new oak used for the first 12 months. The Santenay Premier Cru ‘Clos Rousseau’ Rouge is crafted using 40% whole-bunch fermentation, enhancing the final wine's aromatic profile, whereas ageing in 30% new oak creates structure and complexity.
Sur le Chêne's vineyard features a beautiful steep, south-facing terrace of limestone gravel and granite soils, which are deep but poor and well-drained. The neighbouring Cozanne river produces large diurnal differences. In the vineyard, compaction and mechanization are limited as much as possible, and fertility and microbiology boosted by nourishing the soils with manure and green manure alone. Pruning is carried out in respect of sap flow, with each branch trellised and leaves removed from the grape areas carefully in each plot, in order to produce healthy fruit and flavourful wines.
The 2021 vintage was a difficult year in Burgundy. After a mild winter and a cold spell in spring, temperatures rose significantly to summer levels during late March-early April. This caused the vines to bud earlier than usual, which left fragile buds vulnerable. During early April, there was a sudden drop in temperature, with extremes of -8ºC. Despite the spring frosts, temperatures were warm during the summer, and flowering took place in July and the plentiful rainfall provided substantial hydric reserve. This allowed the grapes to ripen slowly at their own pace and recover from earlier vine stress due to harsh conditions. Despite being one of the smallest vintages ever in Burgundy, it produced wines with great freshness and finesse.
The grapes were harvested, drip-dried and carefully sorted to keep only perfectly ripe, healthy clusters. During the harvest gravity was used to make the transfers, so as to limit crushing as much as possible. Whole bunches accounted for 30% of grapes in the vats, and the fermentation was followed up with indigenous yeast for a complete and harmonious process. The juice remained in vats for 15 days, before being softly extracted. The wine was then matured for 18 months, of which 12 months were spent in French oak barrels (15% new), and 6 months in stainless steel. No sulphites were used.
Tasting Notes & Technical Details
On the nose, Maranges 'Sur le Chêne' rouge offers delicious notes of red berries, redcurrant and cherry. The palate is smooth and steady, bringing fresh fruit flavours with a round texture.
Other wines from this producer
|Santenay 1er Cru `Clos Rousseau` Blanc
|Maranges 1er Cru `La Fussière` Blanc
|Maranges 1er Cru `La Fussière` Rouge
|Santenay 1er Cru `Clos Rousseau` Rouge