Origin : Marsannay is the town where the Côte de Nuits vineyards in the north begin, just after Dijon, which, with the spurt of its artisanal and commercial zones, has progressively witnessed the disappearance of vineyards on its territory (only one notable survivor: Bourgogne Montrecul). The PDO Marsannay (1987) is very recent when it comes to Burgundy designations (elaborated mainly between 1936 and 1955), and exists in three colours: red and rosé (covering a surface of 180 ha) and white (almost 30 ha). The town does not yet have any climats designated as Premier Cru, despite rich and varied parcels of land. Our 2014 red comes from the climat « Longeroies» which, as its name indicates, is found to the left of the parcel « Le Clos du Roy », to the north of the designation.
Origin : Located north of the Côte de Nuits, just above GevreyChambertin, this 115 ha vineyard (of which only 4% is white wine) faces east and southeast. It is composed of brown limestone soil with some marls. If the vineyard has probably been here since before the year 1000, it was undoubtedly cultivated by the Cistercians in 1177. The red wines are generally quite coloured, dense with a nice tannic structure. They are considered to be wines to be kept.
Origin : Starting in the middle ages, the Cisterciens from Tart and the Lords of Vergy acquired land and created a vineyard here. The soil consists of limestone from the middle Jurassic period, like that of Comblanchien. We find marls on the lower part of the hillside as well as fallen rock and stony soil which drain well.
Origin : Volnay is either the deformation of the name of a man, Volumnius, or comes from the Celtic word Vol, introducing a notion of roundness. This small village of the Côte de Beaune, between Pommard and Meursault, produces only red wines under its designation. Its production is about 8400 hectolitres per year for 218 ha cultivated. Exposure: south, southeast. The stony soil is mainly made up of limestone which holds in heat and gives the wine a fine, supple and elegant character. The altitude is between 230 and 280 metres.
The Romans erected here a temple dedicated to the God Mercury, protector of travellers, commerce and poets. Mercurey wine was a favourite of Marguerite of Flandres and the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe the Bold. The vineyard of Mercurey is one of the largest in Burgundy, covering 650 hectares of which 10% produce white wines. It is located between 230 and 320 metres in altitude. The soil is mostly clayey-marly limestone. The hillsides offer good protection against the wet winds and late freezes are rare here.
Origin : The Montagne de Corton consists of three villages: Ladoix-Serrigny, Aloxe-Corton and Pernand-Vergelesses. The vineyard stretches between 250 and 330 metres in altitude, forming an amphitheatre that is unique on the Côte. Recognised on 31 July 1937, this Grand Cru produces mostly red wines but there also exist white ones. Facing southeast/southwest, this hillside offers a perfect geological section. At mid-slope, the gently sloping soil is reddish and stony, brown limestone, rich in marls with a strong presence of lye. It provides well-roundedness to the Pinot Noir. The Chardonnay (Corton-Charlemagne) covers the upper part of the slope.