BURGUNDY - MACONNAIS

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LES VIGNERONS DE MANCEY

DOMAINE DUPRE

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LES VIGNERONS DE MANCEY

N/V AOC Crémant de Bourgogne Brut

 

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Sprawling 140 hectares of vines across eight towns around Mancey in the Mâconnais wine region, this cooperative brings together the viticulture efforts of 80 local growers. Founded in 1929, Les Vignerons de Mancey produces some 85 AOC wines under the watchful eye of Bernard Derain.

The winery is located just a few kilometres from Tournus and the Saône River. Rows of vines line the edges of the well-exposed hills of southern Burgundy, with plots alternating with meadows and woods.

Among the undulating vineyards of Tournus and Mancey are ‘cadoles’—small intriguing houses, which have historically acted as shelters for the winegrowers. These peculiar structures look similar to a stone igloo, and are the subject of a restoration and preservation program by the Société des Amis des Sciences et des Arts de Tournus (Friends of the Sciences and Arts of Tournus).

The Crémant de Bourgogne Brut Réserve is a blend of 40% Chardonnay, 40% Pinot Noir, 10% Aligoté, and 10% Gamay grapes from a four-hectare parcel. The grapes are lightly pressed, aged in tanks on their lees, and undergo malolactic fermentation. The base wine is transformed into sparkling using the traditional méthode champenoise practice. The bottles are riddled over a 13-month period before being disgorged. The bottles will rest in the cellar for up to 24 months.


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2016 Bourgogne Rouge (Pinot Noir)
 

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When it was founded in the early 1950s, this domain comprised only three hectares of vines, along with fields of grain and livestock. In 1987, Jean-Christophe Dupré joined his father in the vineyard, and they expanded the estate to 12 hectares of solely vines. Brother Vincent joined the family business in 1992, and today Domaine Dupré encompasses 26 hectares in the Mâconnais wine region.

The choice of grapes has been guided by the varying soils and micro-climates throughout the domain. Chardonnay cloaks about 10 hectares of southwest-facing slopes in the commune of Royer, sitting at 300 metres in elevation and rooted in white marl soil. Pinot Noir grapes, however, prefer the red earth of ‘Sous Borreau', east of Royer. Gamay has mainly been planted on the deep clay-limestone soil of the Royer valley.

Jean-Christophe’s viticulture practices reveal a deep reverence for the soil. He follows ‘reasoned viticulture’ and ‘reasoned agriculture’ in the vineyard, and has installed an on-site weather station to aid in determining any treatments required with greater care and precision. Only organic inputs are used when absolutely necessary.

The domain’s exceptional Bourgogne Rouge and collection of reds are a clear translation of his passion and careful quality control from the vine all the way to bottle.

Dupré plants grasses between the vine rows to measure erosion, limit yields, enrich the soil, and foster a healthy microcosm. He only cuts the grass twice per year, and tends to prune severely following the Cordon Royat method to improve the quality of the grapes.

As Jean-Christophe has said: "We owe it to future generations to perpetuate the Mâconnais wine tradition and to constantly work towards quality”.

Come harvest, fruit is quickly and very lightly pressed to obtain a clear juice. This is fermented for three weeks in temperature-controlled stainless-steel tanks. The Domaine Dupré Bourgogne rouge aged in barrels, of which 20% are new.