Region: Burgundy, France
Variety: Pinot Noir
Claude Marechal makes his wines as naturally as possible, taking his inspiration from his late friend Henri Jayer who he trained with early in his career. His wines are pure and sleek with vibrant fruit and great potential to age. These wines are available in very limited quantities but are something you should definitely have in your cellar.
No chemical fertilisers are used and the harvest is handpicked each vintage, Claude says he is usually the last in each appellation to pick which shows on the ripe fruited nature of his wines. After harvest the bunches are sorted by hand and gently de-stemmed before vinification using natural yeasts.
La Chanière is the vineyard on the north side of the road leading from Pommard to the Hautes-Côtes, just up the canyon from the premier cru Les Arvelets. It is a cold climate terroir. In a sunny vintage like 2017 this is a very good thing - this is a wine of density, and it is very tightly coiled this year too. This wine casts aside the claim that Pommard produces muscular, unrefined wines - this is a sensual beauty with lovely concentration and balance! I was gifted a bottle of the 2005 by Claude a few years ago - it was glorious - resolved, complex and delicious - evidently still with many years left as it was brimming with fruit. Great Burgundy!