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The future Premiers Crus

The Chenôve vineyard

This climat was saved from galloping urbanization in Chenôve by the willpower of the Marsannay winegrowers, who decided to include it in their youthful appellation in 1987. Its slopes are regular, gentle at the base, steeper at the top of the slope, where the underlying Bathonian and Callovian strata give rise to a rugged escarpment. On these east-facing slopes, best adapted to Pinot vines, the famous grèzes litées (bedded sandstone) give birth to one of the most beautiful wines of the appellation, combining great texture with exquisite suppleness.

 

The Marsannay-la-Côte vineyard

As a southern extension of the Clos du Roy, including Montchenevoy, the vines of Longeroies turn slightly to the south, on shallow soils overlying Premeaux limestone, a white oolite bedrock.  A little less clayey than the neighbouring soils, it  produces a delicate wine, with a silky texture and brilliant fruitiness.

This plot nestles at the end of the “combe du Pré” on white oolite. With this good exposure, the grapes run no risk of rot, and are transformed into a wine that is always beautifully lively, with a well-structured texture. The delicate hint of white pepper underlines its elegant minerality.

The local winegrowers accepted the injunction by the authorities forbidding the use of the spelling Echezeaux, which had been in use since time immemorial. Whatever the spelling, Es Chezots deserves it future Premier Cru status. The vines grown on this alluvial cone scree, proudly facing the rising sun, produce a wine with a strong personality, associating velvety texture with alert viscosity, with long-lasting aroma and mouth-watering bouquet.

After the magnificent alluvial cone spreading from the combe du Pré and the combe Grandvau, lies a hillside proudly facing the morning sun. The crinoidal limestone (à entroques) is overlain by a thin layer of silt and fine clay. Somewhat less full-bodied than the wines from the more northerly plots, the wines produced here have a more delicate texture. Ready to drink while still young, these wines will also age well, and will continue to be very aromatic.

Although most of the plot lies on crinoidal limestone, the vines at the top of the slope grow on Ostrea acuminata marl, bringing subtle nuances of flavour to the wine. Although a little firmer on the palate than the neighbouring wine at first, it opens up into a warmer sensation with a long saline finish.

Clinging to the heart of the hillside, proudly facing the east, the Grasses Têtes climat is made up of clayey limestone at the base, crinoidal limestone in the middle, and white oolite at the top. This gives the wine its regal balance, with a rounded texture, intensely mouth-watering, a very tasty finish, and superb aromatic persistence.

This beautiful sunny climat unfolds on the characteristic russet gold tones of crinoidal limestone. Generous body and viscosity, with beautiful liveliness, together combine to produce a silky textured wine that will age harmoniously.

The Saint-Jacques climat lies at the top of the hillside, overlying a combination of crinoidal limestone and white oolite. The russet gold gradually blends into the milky whiteness of the oolite. The wine has good body, elegantly shaped by the minerality of the substratum. Very aromatic on the nose and in the mouth (retronasal olfaction), this wine should be laid down to allow its body to become even more melting and its aromas to acquire even more complexity.

Here, the slopes face slightly further south. The crinoidal limestone gives way to Ostrea acuminata marl, with alluvial cone scree from a small valley at the foot of the slope. This well-rounded wine favours texture over body, with remarkable length.

 

The Couchey vineyard

This climat nestles in the “good belly of the slope”, to use Robert Lautel’s phrase, where the best silt has accumulated, on Ostrea acuminata marl. The attack is caressing, with beautiful mid-palate smoothness that lengthens into a saline finish. Both body and texture are enlivened by the wine’s fresh bright acidity.

Further up the hillside, Aux Genelières lies on crinoidal limestone and white oolite. A slight breeze from the valley adds to the complexity of a plot where the grapes can ripen harmoniously, without risk of grey rot, leading to a wine that combines body, remarkable suppleness, liveliness, and good mouth length.

The geo-pedological profile of Le Clos is similar to that of Aux Genelières, producing wines with regal balance, body, and great flexibility. Already famous in the Middle Ages, this wine remains the jewel in the crown of the Marsannay appellation even today.

At the southern end of the appellation, the Champs Perdrix plot is firmly anchored to Comblanchien limestone, under a thin layer of soil, producing wines with exquisite, mouth-watering elegance, a silky texture, and great palatability.