A relative newcomer to Mâcon, Nicolas Delfaud produced his first vintage in 2016, just few years after earning a viticulture degree and interning with an organic domaine in the region. In the small district of Verzé, Delfaud has acquired a few hectares of vines, some dating to the 1960s, and has been making stellar Chardonnays with brilliant energy and verve. Fully organic and produced with minimal intervention, the wines are beautifully expressive.
Jean Thévenet is an icon in the French wine world. Along with vignerons like Marcel Lapierre and Pierre Overnoy, Thévenet was among the progenitors of the winemaking philosophies that we now call natural wine and organic viticulture. Decades before it was fashionable and profitable, Thévenet abandoned conventional, chemical agriculture, simultaneously revitalizing both land of his great Domaine de Bongran and the wines it produced. Today, Jean’s son Gaulthier runs the domaine working in the same manner as his father, while keeping his mind open to new ideas and methods, and the Thévenet wines continue to be utterly singular.
Jean-Claude Thevenet took over responsibility for this family domaine in 1971 when their holdings were a mere three hectares. The domaine has been expanded to thirty hectares, with vineyards centered on their village of Pierreclos at the heart of the Mâconnais. In addition to working their own vineyards, the Thevenet family, for three generations, has also conducted a successful nursery business producing fine quality grape vines for many family-owned domaines in Burgundy and also in the Champagne district. The vineyard holdings now extend throughout Pierreclos and into the neighboring villages of Serrieres, Prissé, Bussieres and Milly-Lamartine. Chardonnay is the dominant grape and Gamay and Pinot Noir produce the red wines of the estate.
Blanc de Blancs de Chardonnay Brut Mâcon Pierreclos Blanc Bourgogne Rouge “Le Clos”
Isabelle and Denis Pommier began their small domaine in 1990 with just 2 hectares of vines, selling their first few harvests to negoçiants. They’ve steadily added to the domaine over the years adding parcels and planting more vines to the home vineyard, and now they have vines in the Chablis, Chablis premier cru, and Petit Chablis appellations. Certified organic and committed to growing wine naturally, the Pommiers have developed a small collection of cuvées that express Chablis’ Kimmeridgian terroir with remarkable clarity and finesse. An under-the-radar domaine today, it’s undoubtedly one to watch.
Petit Chablis Chablis Chablis Cote de Lechet Chablis Croix aux Moines Chablis Fourchaume
Located in the village of Magny-lès-Villers at the junction of the Hautes Côtes de Beaune and the Hautes Côtes de Nuits, Domaine Hoffmann-Jayer encompasses ten hectares spread across a wide range of appellations. Winemaker Alexandre Vernet and his team treat each parcel with equal diligence both in the vineyard and in the cellar, employing hand-harvesting across the board and eschewing the use of chemical herbicides and pesticides; the domaine is in the process of organic certification and is beginning to experiment with biodynamics.
Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Beaune Rouge Bourgogne Hautes Cotes de Nuits Rouge Côtes de Nuits Villages Nuits Saint Georges “Les Hauts Poirets” Echezeaux Grand Cru “Echezeaux Du Dessus”
Renowned for their energy and the transparency of their expression of terroir, Jean-Philippe Fichet’s wines are regarded as the best and purest in Burgundy. Fichet’s focus on terroir over the decades has been relentless and unwavering, and the parcels and lieux-dits that he works are expressed in the finished wines with almost miraculous clarity.
Few names in Chablis elicit as much awe and devotion as De Moor. Since 1989 Anne and Olivier have grown some of the most sought-after wines in the world, all from their little cellar in the hamlet of Courgis, 5 miles from the town of Chablis itself. With vines in Chablis’ Bel-Air, Clardy, and Rosette, as well as in nearby Chitry, the De Moors tend a menagerie of parcels and cuvées. Of course everything is managed organically and by hand, all with the goal of making great wines while being kind to both the broader environment and their own vines, some of which are over 120 years-old.
Winegrowers in Santenay since 1645, the Muzard family is thoroughly connected to this under-the-radar region’s terroir. Today the domaine is run by Lucien’s sons, Claude and Hervé, and Claude’s daughter Capucine. The domaine spans seven appellations, with an average vine age over 55 years. Between the old vines and the Muzards’ gentle winemaking, the wines are very expressive of their terroir, with a lively, elegant style to the reds and a crystalline, almost chablisienne style to the whites.
In the Sigaut family for four generations, this small domaine in Chambolle has been run by Anne Sigaut since 1990. With 7 hectares of old vines (average age over 50 years) spread mainly across Chambolle-Musigny, with a few parcels in Morey Saint Denis, the Sigaut manages everything organically and by hand. As with all great Chambolles, the wines from are graced with a clarity that allows the deep limestone terroir to shine through, while still delivering stunning fruit and depth of flavor.
The young scion of an old chablisienne family, Jérémy Arnaud struck out on his own before even finishing school at Beaune. By that point, Arnaud had spent his childhood among the vines at his family’s estate (Domaine La Marquise) and done stints with Vincent Girardin, at Clerc Milon in Bordeaux, at a Champagne house in Epernay, all while immersed in the rigors of viticultural school. In 2015 an opportunity arose to purchase a 0.48 hectare plot in the premier cru Vau de Vey. Jérémy jumped at the chance and has never looked back.
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