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…

Focus on Pommard 1er Cru “Les Chanlins Vieilles Vignes”

Burgundy has been making wine for a long time. The characteristics of the various vineyards are well understood, and the lines have been drawn. Each village has certain traits for which it is known – Chambolle for its perfume, Morey for its cherry flavors, and each vineyard has different characteristics – Chevalier-Montrachet has a touch…

Focus on Volnay Taillepieds

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle expanded in a major way with the 2013 vintage, adding over half a dozen new vineyards sites. Our focus remains on top sites in the Cote de Beaune, and one of our most exciting additions was a parcel of the Volnay 1er Cru know as Taillepieds. Within the 1er Cru…

Organic Farming in Beaune 1er Cru Les Reversées

The top Domaines of Burgundy understand that the land is the most important thing. In 2015 Burgundy’s unique terroirs were declared a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and the worldwide demand for the wines is as high as it has ever been because the wines are as great as they have ever been, and the reason…

2014 Vintage Update

The 2014 whites are easy to assess. They are fantastic! These pale yellow gems were bottled in November after they showed great finesse and complexity from barrel. The layering of these young wines is impressive. The Corton-Charlemagne shows its Grand Cru pedigree, and we are very excited for our first official release of the Pernand-Vergelesses…

2015 First Impressions

The roller coast ride that was the 2015 growing season is over, and the wines are happily beginning to ferment in our caves. For a moment, the summer heat stirred concerns that Burgundy would have another 2003 on its hands, with the vines shutting down and struggling to ripen, but the heat faded quickly, and…

More Places to Find Our Wine!

With the expansion of our offerings, we have also been able to expand into another new market. We are working with Veritas of California, a highly-regarded company that has worked with top Burgundy Domaines for many years. We have also found several new homes with top New York restaurants – Rebelle, Dirty French and Bouley,…

The 2015 Growing Season

The 2015 season has been a bit of a roller coaster ride. Things began with a near perfect winter and spring, leading to the best flowering since the 2010 vintage. Summer hit the vineyards with a sunny vengeance through most of July. Temperatures were very high, and there was almost no rain, leading to early…

Focus on Corton Rognet

With the 2013 vintage, Domaine Clos de la Chapelle will join a rarified club; we now own vines in several Grand Cru vineyards, the rarest and finest parcels of land in all of Burgundy! If you come to visit Burgundy, as you drive from the Northern Cote de Nuits towards to Cote de Beaune, you…