“Early” Harvest is the “New Normal”

In the 20th century in Burgundy, the ban de vendanges, for centuries the official start of the harvest, was not decreed once in the month of August (and only once in the 19th century, in 1893).    In the 21st century, harvest began in August in 2003, 2007, 2011, 2015…and now possibly in 2017 for some…

New Vineyard in 2015 Beaune 1er Cru Champs Pimont

While we purchased this beautiful 0.63 hectare parcel of Beaune 1er cru Champs Pimont at the end of the 2011 harvest, we did not produce in wine in 2012, 2013 and 2014 due to the hail we experienced each of those years.   So we were thrilled to have our inaugural vintage be 2015 which is…

2015 Vintage – One to Buy For Sure

From the time of harvest, 2015 was being heralded even among those in Burgundy as being great.   The extreme heat during the month of July concentrated the flavors and produced an exceptionally low juice-to-fruit ratio.   The rain in August kept the vines from being too stressed.   The anthocyanin content was extremely high and this contributed…

Take a Segway Tour of the Vineyards

During this year’s Elégance des Volnay, a group of Domaine Clos de la Chapelle customers took a Segway tour of the Côte de Beaune. They rode (or is it ‘drove?’ 😊 ) into the Clos de la Chapelle vineyard to enjoy a selection of our 2015 Volnays. The weather was beautiful for Elégance this year….

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…