DCC Wines Continue to Find Favor Among Top Chefs

DCC wines can be found at many of the top restaurants in the United States, and  Chef Masa Takayama of the eponymous Michelin 3 star restaurant in New York recently delved into his extensive wine list to take a few bottles of 2011 Volnay 1er cru Clos de la Chapelle to Japan to drink with…

Spotlight on Beaune 1er cru Les Reversées (red or white)?

Most Burgundian vineyards are planted exclusively to Pinot noir or Chardonnay.  This makes sense because the soil characteristics that are optimal for red wine production are different than for white.    There are few famous exceptions, most notably in Charlemagne where sections of Grand Cru red have been recently pulled up and planted to white.    And…

2015 in bottle (mostly) and on their way!

We bottled our 2015 whites in October and most of the reds in November.   The Volnay 1er cru Taillepieds, Pommard 1er cru Grands Epenots, Corton Rognet and Corton Bressandes will be bottled in February.   All the reds were racked in November but the latter 4 wines needed a bit more time in barrel, in part…

2016 Vintage Report

As many of you know, in late April much of Burgundy (including Chablis) experienced the worst frost since 1981. Many vineyards were completely wiped out and suffered some effect, particularly in the Côte de Beaune. Coupled with a very wet spring and significant mildew pressure through flowering and we thought we were in for another…

Elégance de Volnay 2016

We participated this year as a sponsor of Elégance de Volnay, a celebration of the village. Thirty-two other Domaines joined in the festivities, and we received hundreds of visitors to taste and explore Clos de la Chappelle. We also received a lovely serenade from the Cadets de Bourgogne.

Vintage Updates: 2014 and 2015

2014 Vintage: These wines are here and selling well. They are, in the way of top Cote de Beaune Reds and Whites, very enjoyable now, though they definitely have considerable potential to improve in bottle. Decanter Magazine has called us “one of the top Domaines to watch for in 2014.” John Gilman, the opinated author…

The Farmer’s Challenge

When Thomas Paine wrote “These are the times that try men’s souls,” he wasn’t writing about the first part of the 2016 growing season, but he could have been. At first glance, it seems impossible to have a positive outlook on a vintage like 2016, at least based on what we have been through so…

Pommard Grands Epenots Up Close!

Pommard is, in a way, one of the most misunderstood of Burgundy’s great villages. It shares with Beaune an ease of pronunciation that made it both well-known and popular with English speakers. In the 19th century, it acquired a reputation amongst the British wine cognoscenti as a source of rugged, burly reds that were often…

Rounding Up our 2014 Reviews

The professional reviews for our 2014 vintage have been pouring in (no pun intended…) and their kind words are making us quite happy and helping ease the pain from the frost. The year began on a great note, when in the Feburary issue of Decanter Magazine, they named us one of the top 100 domaines to watch for the 2014…

On the Road Again

In order to support our worldwide customer base, we have had a busy start to the year, traveling. In March, we showed at Prowein in Dusseldorf, one of the largest international tradeshows for the wine and spirits industry. Later that month, we were at our home base in Beaune for Grands Jours, welcoming journalists, importers, and sommeliers into…

La Belle et la Bête

It is fitting that Beauty and the Beast originated as a French fairytale. While pinot noir and chardonnay certainly are beauties, the life of a farmer in Burgundy is quite the beast. The 2016 growing season began with winter weather that was relatively warm, and although enjoyable for residents, such weather can be worrisome as the…

Hello Again, Neighbor…

The ownership of Burgundy vineyards can be complicated. Before the French Revolution, the Grand Cru Clos de Vougeot was in the hands of one owner. Today, there are over 80. The Revolution and the Code Napoleon’s system of equal inheritances for heirs fractured Burgundy into many, many small parcels. Monopoles such as our Volnay Clos…