Burgundy Domaine Chevrot
Whilst driving through the Côte d’Or, you are acutely aware of the monoculture as every spare surface, including carparks and even some roofs, feature vines. As you move south towards Maranges, the landscape changes to mixed farming with a palpable reduction in tension. Pablo and Vincent Chevrot are from the laid-back school, and their wines reflect it perfectly; theirs is a magic touch when it comes to winemaking.
A family business since 1830, brothers Pablo and Vincent have been running the domaine for over a decade. Situated in the southern tip of the Côte de Beaune, the Chevrot vineyards extend some 20 hectares from Maranges to Santenay, across 15 different appellations.
Vineyards and Vinification
Integral to the Chevrots’ winemaking philosophy is the aim to remain faithful to that complex notion of terroir, and the belief that the best grapes come from a healthy, diverse vineyard environment. The average age of the vines is 30 years old, the oldest are 75 and were planted by their grandfather; the upkeep of such old vines is testament to the care that goes into them. Having made the move to become fully organic in 2006, in 2016 the Chevrots had to make the heart-breaking decision of either losing their organic status or their entire crop to mildew, not frost, so from 2017 they are again in conversion to organic production. That said, they still only used the minimum of non-organic materials to stabilise their vineyards in 2016 and for the rest of the season continued their organic practices. They have been using horse power here since 2003, long before it became fashionable, but many of the vineyards are on slopes too extreme for normal plough horses – Pablo is looking for a nippy little pony to till the steeper slopes but it is work in progress for now.
The wines are matured in the domaine’s vaulted cellars that date back to 1798. They bring in about 20% new oak barrels every year. We offer their delicious wines annualy en primeur, as well as a selection on our list – we couldn’t risk not having a more permanent supply.