The Côte d’Or is the heart of Burgundy where the most prestigious wines of the region are produced. In order to highlight this exceptional terroir, the extended name of “Bourgogne Côte d’Or” has been created in 2017. Our red “Secret de Famille” (Family Secret) comes from this very limited and specific geographical area; it is indeed crafted from a carefully sourced blend of grapes ( vineyards situated in renowned villages like Chambolle-Musigny, Nuits-Saint-Georges, Marsannay…). We treat these wines as “Villages” wines, with a “haute-couture” vinification and ageing.
This charming wine features predominant fruity aromas of blackcurrant and wild red berries. Velvety and silky, this wine boasts soft, balanced structure on the palate, which ends with a delicately perfumed finish.
Built in 1298 as a military fortress for the Dukes of Burgundy, the castle has undergone major transformations over the centuries. The particularly remarkable 75-metre-long winery and cellars, built in 1728, are still in full use today. Château de Dracy’s wines have been distributed by Albert Bichot since 1905, a classic example of a long-term partnership! The vineyards are located in Couches, just south of the Côte de Beaune, in the northern part of Burgundy’s Saône-et-Loire department.
Fruity nose with notes of forest undergrowth and a hint of toast. Soft and delectable, this is a well-balanced wine with good substance and well-integrated tannins. Lovely fruit and liquorice on the finish.
In northern Burgundy, not far from Auxerre, the Chablis appellation covers an approximately fifteen-kilometre radius around the village of the same name. It was the monks of the Cistercian abbey of Pontigny who began growing vines in the region. Chablis is located at the south-eastern extremity of the Paris Basin. The grapes used to craft this Chablis at the Domaine Long-Depaquit estate come from a mosaic of terroirs, which lends remarkable complexity to the wine.
Very pure nose that is typical of Chablis (white flowers, flint) opening up to a palate that boasts an elegant combination of almond notes and lovely vivacity.
“Les Vaucopins” is a Premier Cru that is quite unique within the wide range of the Long-Depaquit estate’s wines. Located on the right bank of the Serein River, this vineyard is in the commune of Chichée, 3 kilometres east of Chablis. Its terroir has an uncanny resemblance to the Grand Crus: southern exposure, steep slopes and numerous Kimmeridgian outcrops. Consequently, the subsoil lends these wines a very specific personality. With its noble origin and often warmer than average conditions for this terroir, this high-end Premier Cru has definite promise and potential.
This wine features an expressive, rather powerful nose that is predominantly mineral. Milk caramel notes combine with elegant, refined nuances of oak. A hint of sucrosity on the palate with flavours of candied fruit, apricot, and quince. This beautiful, full-bodied wine finishes on a generous, slightly acidic note.
The first vineyard is located at mid-slope and benefits from slightly higher temperatures than the second, which is located at the top of the slope, protected from the north winds by the nearby forest. The two plots once again reveal that Burgundy is the kingdom of “terroirs”. The first plot at mid-slope generally provides deeper, richer, fleshier wines whereas the second plot produces wines with greater acidity and tension. It is the blending of the two that lends our “Les Clos” all of its complexity.
The differences between our two plots can be detected throughout the tasting experience. The nose skilfully combines floral notes from the higher of the two plots with almond and hazelnut notes from the mid-slope vineyard. The palate is full-bodied and structured with pleasing acidity that is not overpowering.
This vineyard’s name probably comes from the word “perreuse” (= “pierre” or stone), the name of the ancient Roman stone road that ran from Chablis to Maligny through the current site of the “Les Preuses” vineyard. Our 0.25 ha (0.25 acre) of “Les Preuses” vines was replanted a few years ago. Vine density was increased to 8,500 vines/ha, in order to produce smaller, more concentrated grapes. The vines are single Guyot pruned. Our plot is immediately adjacent to “La Moutonne”.
The nose offers notes of flowers, fresh foliage and gunflint. Soft, long, delicate and pure tasting without any heaviness on the palate, this wine also offers floral nuances with notes of hazelnut and dried fruit on the finish.
“La Moutonne” is a vineyard nestled in a natural amphitheatre at the heart of the Grand Cru sector of the historic age-old Chablis wine country. Its shape and ideal location make it a natural solar receptor. Sitting 95% in “Vaudésir” and 5% in “Les Preuses” (formerly owned by the Pontigny monks), “La Moutonne” is a monopole meaning Domaine Long-Depaquit is the sole owner. With its south/south-eastern exposure and a steep slope of almost 40%, this vineyard is protected from north winds.
The nose is evocative of fleshy fruit (peach, nectarine) with discreet citrus and floral notes (jasmine, violet). Full-bodied and generous on the palate with very distinct marly minerality due to the micro-terroir. Immensely fresh, light, and supple with hints of oak and exceptional length.
The small village of Chambolle-Musigny is located at the heart of the Côte de Nuits, between Vougeot and Morey-Saint-Denis. Its name is derived from that of an ancient Celtic village, “Cambola”. Pinot Noir is planted exclusively in this small appellation, which is one of the jewels of the Côte and part of Burgundy’s viticultural heritage. The vineyard is based at the mouth of a valley. The clay content of the soil is inferior to the other villages, which could partly explain the “femininity” frequently pointed out in Chambolle’s wines.
The nose is ethereal and delicate, redolent of black cherry with discrete, elegant floral notes of rose and violet. Very soft on the palate, it offers well-balanced structure and bold, yet fine, smooth tannins. Lovely intense, fruity finish.