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Domaine Heimbourger (Irancy)

DSC04444Tasted in Saint-Cyr with Olivier Heimbourger, 10 June 2014.

Domaine Heimbourger
5 rue de la Porte de Cravant
89800 Saint-Cyr-les-Colons
Tel. +33 3 86 41 40 88
www.domaine-heimbourger.com

Here is a domaine that has strong roots in the polyculture that almost all Burgundy domaines had, a couple of generations ago. There are 17 hectares of domaine vines, but the family also works 180 hectares of cereals too. The vines are spread across many appellations; Bourgogne, Irancy and Chablis. Since 1994 Olivier, as the name would suggest, from Alsace has been at the domaine. His father-in-law used to sell everything to the négoce – and indeed some still is sold this way – but today they commercialise around 60k bottles, of-which about 2/3rds is sold in France.

Since 2009 they have been using a triage table with a vibrating table too. There is pigeage and remontage and a cuvaison of about 15 days in stainless-steel. The further elevage is in a mix of foudres and barrel that depends on the cuvée, though the barrels ‘not too young.’ Olivier says that he’s very happy with the quality of the 2012s – the volume was down a little, but overall “Not too bad.”

The wines…

A short and sweet selection, but tasty wines.

2012 Irancy
This wine contains about 5% of cesar.
The nose starts a little diffuse though clearly has some pretty red fruit. Only a little time in the glass is needed for this to come together – powdery but very pretty fruit. This seems okay.

2012 Irancy Cuvée Pierre
Also 5% cesar. 100% of the elevage here is in barrel with about 20% new – though they are 300 litre barrels. Olivier notes, with a smile, that he hasn’t the space for 600 litre barrels.
Here the nose is deeper and rounder – immediately more ‘together’ than the ‘cuvée classique.’ There’s lovely energy here and deep, dark flavours that ingrain themselves into your tongue. The nose on this becomes ever-prettier. Super!

2009 Irancy Cuvée Pierre
A wide nose of strawberry fruit. Wide in the mouth too with a growing, fresh, intensity. There’s a faint licorice in the mid-palate but this is far from a dark-complexion wine. Very, very tasty.

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