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  • 230. Volnay AC 2012

    Claude et Catherine Maréchal

    100% Pinot Noir (13% alc.)

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    Claude makes this wine from tiny hillside holdings in the lieu-dits of les Petits Gamets and les Grands Poisots on the Pommard side of the village. Here the soil is a deep marl and his 45yo vines give a very elegant wine with cherry and crushed strawberry fruit with a floral lift. For drinking now to 2019.

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Winemaker
Claude et Catherine Maréchal, Claude Maréchal learned his trade from Clape, Dervieux, Rayas and others in the Rhône.
Location
Bligny-lès-Beaune
Size of domaine
10 hectares
Grape
100% Pinot noir – 50% of vines planted in 1932, 50% are 30-35 yrs old. 10,000 vines per hectare trained cordon de royat. Clones-777,114,115 on 161.49, 3309c and S04 rootstock.
Terroir
Planted on a 20° due south facing slope in limestone clay. The soil is red due to an important iron influence. La Chanière is also a premier cru.
Viticulture
Guyot simple. De-buds. Doesn’t like vendanges en verts and so prunes to 7-8 branches per vine and one bunch per branch. Ploughs the soil in the autumn and then cuts back the grass whenever necessary. Sulphur to prevent oidium. No treatments against pests/insects. Organic compost. Averages 40 hectos per hectare. Prefers to harvest later when the grapes are fully ripe. Hand-harvested.
Vinification
Destalks 100% but no crushing. Cold-soak for 10-14 days at 10C. Natural yeasts and no chaptalisation. Fermentation starts slowly in cement vats at 20C to 35° max for 6 days. Pigeage twice a day for 5-6 days (no delestage). No enzymes. Total cuvaison 20 days. Pneumatique press. Press wine assembled at start. No heating of cellars for the malo. In certain years carries out batonnage during the winter until malolacatics completed. Aged in 50% new to 4 yr old 225ltr barrels. Adds 5 g/l of S02 at the start – then none added during the elevage. No fining or filtration and small dose of S02 at bottling. Bottled in December after 15 months.
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