Meursault "Les Narvaux-Dessous"
Our parcel of Mersault "Les Narvaux du Dessous" was acquired by the Domaine in 2008. The vineyard faces south-east, rather high on the Meursault slope, just above "Les Genevrières", in the southern portion of the appellation that joins Puligny to the south. The soil is deep and very rocky.
Contrary to those more rich and ample Meursault that come from parcels situated further down the hill in even richer soils, Narvaux typically offers a beautiful combination of the suppleness and generosity typical of the appellation held back by a lovely minerality and marked tension.
The wines, the style
Our wines are known for their great aromatic purity. We always favor balance and elegance over power and extraction. The wines are classic expressions of Burgundy, of their appellations in general and of their specific terroirs in particular. The farming methods we use contribute to this individual style, and our winemaking methods aim to avoid excessive outside influences in order to bring out the equilibrium that can be found naturally in Burgundian terroir.
All our fruit is hand-harvested. Thanks to pneumatic presses, we can calibrate our presses to fit the quality of the grapes and the profile of the vintage. After a light settling, the musts are placed mostly in 600-liter barrels as well as in 228-liter barrels, where the alcoholic and malolactic fermentations take place.
We use approximately five to twenty percent new casks primarily made from Allier wood that sees a long yet light toasting. The first racking occurs after about one year of wood aging, after which begins the second, four- to six-month phase in stainless steel, which preserves the wine's freshness and tension. We finish the aging with a light fining followed by a similarly light and respectful filtration before bottling.
Tending the Vines
The Domaine has practiced organic viticulture since 1995. Today, our wines are certified by Ecocert. Additionally, since 2005, biodynamic practices have been implemented to show our full respect for these living soils.