The Maranges appellation is the bridge that unites in harmony the Côte-d’Or and the Saône-et-Loire. In sync with the vineyards of Santenay with whom it shares several esteemed plots, Maranges was granted its own Appellation d’Origine Contrôlée in 1988, encompassing the three villages of Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges and Sampigny-lès-Maranges. Towards Sampigny-lès-Maranges is where you’ll find the south/south-westerly facing “Les Loyères”. Taking its name from “rented land” (derived from the former French loier) “Les Loyères” is 11 hectares from head to toe, roughly half the size of Clos Marey-Monge.
Varietal: Pinot Noir
The Maranges “Les Loyères” appellation of the Côte de Beaune is the bridge that links the Côte d’Or and Saône-et-Loire vineyards. Acclaimed for its radiant raspberry red color with flashes of vibrant purple, Maranges Premier Cru “Les Loyères” 2013 is laden with fruit aromas, think black cherry, blackcurrant, licorice, preserved and spiced red fruit and rose, particularly when young. Evolving over time, the flavor profile expands into old bachelor’s jam, cherries in eau de vie and forest floor. On the palate, our Maranges Premier Cru “Les Loyères” 2014 is fresh and balanced with a long, revealing and succulent finish.
After the small yield, but succulent flavors, of the 2012 vintage, 2013 was another year that mother earth proved its hegemony over the vignerons and vignobles of Burgundy. The bud break was relatively late, seeping into June, following a cold, rainy and frigid Spring. Throughout June, a deluge of rain delayed floraison (flowering), introducing an increased risk of blight. Pommard, as well as surrounding appellations Volnay, Beaune and Savigny-lès-Beaune, also experienced a near-fatal hailstorm, identical to the thunderous power that struck in 2012. In July and August, the weather transformed again, this time for the better. Warm temperatures and sunshine clothed the vines – with some summer downpours relinquishing the heat – guiding the grapes to ripen delightfully at the end of September. Harvest began around September 23rd, with the vineyards bare of all ripe fruit come October 2nd. The year’s unstable conditions struck again with huge storms across the region’s vineyards on October 5th and 6th. Thankfully, just a few days too late to do any more damage to the net yield. Overall, this small vintage has incredible potential. We should all be thankful.
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