Beaune 1er Cr "Les Aigrots"
The heart of the city of Beaune beats to the rhythm of wine. Tucked into the heart of one of the most prestigious vineyard areas, the area surrounding the wine capital of Burgundy is one of its biggest apellations: 410 hectares planted mostly to Pinot Noir with 42 Premier Cru vineyards. But the Beaune blancs have nothing to be ashamed of, and certain bottlings from "Les Grèves" and "Clos des Mouches" are the great references.
Though it may appear otherwise, the word "Aigrots" has nothing to do with the terms "Aigre" or "Aigreur", "Sour" or "Sourness", but indicates the presence of holly, a thorny scrub bush, which comes from an old dialectical word, "Argifolium".
Our parcel of Beaune Premier Cru "Les Aigrots" of 0.49 hectares is located at the foot of the hill on gently sloping clay, marne and limestone soil. It offers a fruit-driven, ample and generous wine that is usually accessible early on.
The wines, the style
Our wines are known for their great aromatic purity. We always favor balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular. The farming methods we use contribute to this individual style, and our winemaking methods aim to avoid excessive outside influences in order to bring out the equilibrium that can be found naturally in Burgundian terroir.
All our fruit is hand-harvested. Thanks to pneumatic presses, we can calibrate our presses to fit the quality of the grapes and the profile of the vintage. After a light settling, the musts are placed mostly in 600-liter barrels as well as in 228-liter barrels, where the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place.
We use approximately five to twenty percent new casks primarily made from Allier wood that sees a long yet light toasting. The first racking occurs after about one year of wood aging, after which begins the second, four- to six-month phase in stainless steel, which preserves the wine's freshness and tension. We finish the aging with a light fining followed by a similarly light and respectful filtration before bottling.
Tending the Vines
The Domaine has practiced organic viticulture since 1995. Today, our wines are certified by Ecocert. Additionally, since 2005, biodynamic practices have been implemented to show our full respect for these living soils.