New producer! Well kind of. Let’s call it ‘under new management’. The holdings of this domaine formed in 1857 by the Nie-Vantey family, covering 20 hectares. Numerous vineyards were ravaged by phylloxera in the late 1800s and much of their holdings had to be sold, with just a nugget of parcels in the Côte de Beaune being retained by Georges Lochardet. Two generations later Georges granddaughter Brigitte married Christian Heitz and her 5 hectares became Heitz-Lochardet. For the next 25 years these organically farmed parcels were rented to Maison Joseph Drouhin, until 2013 when their son Armand released the first domaine bottling. Armand finished his oenology studies in 2011 and recouped several parcels from Jadot, initiating full biodynamic practices under the guidance of Ludovic Pierrot, who spent eight years at
Domaine Leflaive. The process of closing out contracts with Jadot means that in 2013 they released five wines, in 2014 it will be eight wines, in 2015 there will be ten. The monopole of ‘Clos des Poutures’ covers 0.66 hectares (about 1.6 acres) and the current vines were planted in 1980. The grapes are hand harvested and fermented using, as they call it, ‘ambient’ yeasts, with 100% whole clusters. The wine is aged in 20%-25% new oak for eleven months and is bottled unfined and unfiltered. Pair with grilled lamb chops, beef stew, dishes with chanterelle mushrooms, and Gruyere cheese.