Chardonnay Terres de Famille


Surface: 1.836 hectares
Geographical situation: the plateau of the Hautes Côte de Nuits
Exposure: East-southeast
Plantings: 1990/91/92/93

Like a family reunion, this wine brings together the members of one single line of descent, and one single Cistercian terroir. The varietal – Chardonnay – originated in southern Burgundy and takes its name from the Latin word cardonnacum, which describes a place where thistles grow. This shows that like all great varietals, the Chardonnay grape floruishes best on poor soils.


Situation: commune of Chaux, and the lieux-dits of Le Combet Chalot and Corvée de Villy
Grape variety: 100% Chardonnay
Soil and subsoil: Clay limestone
Planting density: 3,300 / ha
Training style: Guyot
Vines: high-trained
Work in the vines: earthing up in winter, spraying with a nettle and rhubarb infusion, and a brew of horsetail and silica, tansy, sage and yarrow. Removal of excess vegetation in spring.


These large and magnificent vines with their curving rows profit from the sweeping winds of the plateau and are ideal for the organic cultivation of our Hautes-Côtes de Nuits. The grapes grown here are also used as the majority contributor to our Bourgogne Chardonnay Tete de Famille. We are allowed to add certain declassified village wines to the blend for a carefully crafted final cuvée, with a precise, mineral, and fruity wine with a smooth patina from the larger barrels used to age it.