Region: Bourgogne, France
Grape: Pinot Noir
First Glance: Structured and age-worthy Burgundy
Domaine Marechal is a moderately sized producer based in Bligny les Beaune, in the the plain of Pommard, just south of Beaune. With a strong emphasis on vineyard work and a light hand in the cellar, these are wines of elegance and transparency. Yields are kept low, and no chemical fertilisers are used in the vines.
La Chanière is the vineyard on the north side of the road leading from Pommard to the Hautes-Côtes, just up the canyon from the premier cru Les Arvelets. It is a cold climate terroir. In a sunny vintage like 2019 this is a very good thing - this is a wine of density, and it is very tightly coiled this year too. As always here, no cultured yeasts are added, and the grapes are entirely destemmed before fermentation.
"This wine casts aside the claim that Pommard produces muscular, unrefined wines - this is a sensual beauty with lovely concentration and balance! I was gifted a bottle of the 2005 by Claude a few years ago - it was glorious - resolved, complex and delicious - evidently still with many years left as it was brimming with fruit. Great Burgundy!"