Mid-slope on the side of Beaune above Clos des Epeneaux. Clearly a more finely wrought nose – of purity and line – the wc not bringing a strong accent here. Full of ripe berry fruits layered on top of a stony undercurrent. Hints of underbrush and truffle subtly emerge from time to time as the wine opens up. Like a kaleidoscope, the aromatics and flavors undergo constant metamorphosis with each swirl of the glass. Supple in the mouth, more concentration, a layered delivery of flavour, plenty of beautifully textured tannin. This is a super wine – a hint more energy than the last – but still not overt. Simply excellent with a powerful finish.
Domaine Heitz-Lochardet started in 1857 with the Nie-Vantey family, owners of many vineyards from Santenay to Clos de Vougeot. Post-phylloxera, many of the vineyards were sold, but the best Cote de Beaune vineyards were kept in the family by Georges Lochardet. Two generations later, Brigitte Lochardet married Christian Heitz and her share of the family vineyards, 5ha, became Heitz-Lochardet, which Brigitte organically farmed.
For the next 25 years, Brigitte rented the totally of her vines to Maison Joseph Drouhin. As Armand Heitz, the next generation, completed his oenology studies in 2011, he began recuperating his mother’s vineyards and converting them to full biodynamic practices. A young man with knowledge beyond his years, he completed his first vintage in 2013, guided by consulting oenologist Ludovic Pierrot who spent eight years at the legendary Domaine Leflaive, working alongside Anne-Claude Leflaive, the matriarch of Biodynamics in the Cote d’Or. Ludovic is actively assisting Armand with his plan to bring his 5ha of vineyards to production in three stages. He made five wines in 2013, a total of eight wines in 2014 and will bring the last two vineyards to bottle in 2015. The villages that Heitz-Lochardet produce are Chassagne-Montrachet, Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru, Meursault, Pommard and Volnay. Additionally there is a small amount of Bourgogne Rouge and Blanc.
The wines are aromatic, extremely balanced and expressive of their terroir - classic nods to old-school Burgundy winemaking practices. All Armand’s wines are whole cluster fermentations because he firmly believes that a wine’s essence is derived from the totality of the vine. Each component of the vine, from roots to leaves to stems, skins and pulp, plays an important role in a living wine.
“History and tradition: If the "Rugiens" is the Grand Cru de Pommard, the "Grand Epenots" is the archetype of the appellation and the Pézerolles is the outsider.
Soil: Composed of clay and silt, the texture and structure of this terroir is ideal and easy to work. With these characteristics, this terroir allows to produce fruity, fine and elegant wines.”
- Winemaker’s Notes
|Farming Practices||biodynamic with agroecology and regenerative agriculture principles|
|Soils||pebbles and silt|
|Trellis system||cordon de Royat|
|Harvest Technique||hand harvested|
|Year Vines Were Planted||1976 and 1981|
|Maturation||11-12 months in oak with lees stirring|