Located in the very south of the Côte de Beaune, right next to Santenay, Maranges “Le Clos des Loyères” marly-clay and limestone-rich soils produce a Pinot Noir bursting with freshness, energy, and length. Created in 1988, the Maranges appellation includes three villages – Cheilly-lès-Maranges, Dezize-lès-Maranges, and Sampigny-lès-Maranges – and holds seven Premiers Crus.
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.
A well-balanced and elegant red
Behind its light ruby color, the wine reveals aromas of wild and black fruits, lined with notes of vanilla, cloves, pepper, and a hint of cured meat. The same flavors appear on the palate, enhancing the character of this well-balanced and elegant red. The tannins are smooth and silky and the oak is well integrated. Approachable now, Maranges Premier Cru Le Clos des Loyères 2017 will age beautifully.
A generous year
2017 began the best possible way, with a sunny and warm spring and no threats of hail or frost. Bud break happened at the beginning of April, soon followed by blooming. Summer was marked by scorching episodes, pushing maturation forward. Harvest started over the last days of August, two weeks earlier than usual, and lasted until mid-September. With healthy, ripe grapes and yields back to normal, 2017 has since proven its high-quality and long-lasting potential.
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For twelve years, Jérôme Aucourt introduced tens of thousands of people around the world to the wines of Château de Pommard. His passion for Burgundy and his knowledge of wine was limitless. In memory of our friend, colleague, father, husband, and wine advisor, we have established the Jérôme Aucourt Scholarship at our Ècole V Wine and Spirit Education Trust (WSET) professional wine school. Details of the scholarship program will be published soon. Jérôme is survived by his wife Allison, their two young children, his mother, father, and two brothers.