Catherine et Claude Maréchal – 2019


Claude, Antoine & Catherine Maréchal 2020Tasted in Bligny-lès-Beaune with Claude & Antoine Maréchal, pictured also with Catherine, 03 December 2020.

Domaine Catherine et Claude Maréchal
6 Route de Chalon sur Saône
21200 Bligny-lès-Beaune
Tel: +33 3 80 21 44 37
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Claude on 2020:
There’s less yield in 2020 than there was in 2019 – it was the juice that was lacking, not the number of grapes!

Claude on 2019:
Mythic! The harvest was certainly volume-limited, much by the frost of early April so the wines have concentration but the mid-season dryness brought richness too – as it should. There was also some hail in Savigny and Chorey which didn’t help! It’s another sunny vintage. For the domaine as a whole 27 hl/ha was the average, a bit more than half a harvest. There’s nothing in bottle but wines are assembled.

The wines…

The (bad) luck of my tasting schedule and the stage of the wines in their elevage; none of the reds I’d describe as elegant today, but the longer elevage here is certainly going to bring some finesse to them. The already bottled whites showed well.

2019 Bourgogne Côte d’Or ‘Gravel’
Mainly vines in the plain of Pommard looking towards Bligny – not surprisingly on lots of gravel.
Super depth of colour. The nose deep, lots of red fruit, slightly roast. Los of energy and scale to this wine, plenty of tannin at the base. A wine that needs to repose but the finish is dark berried and long…

2019 Ladoix
A single parcel, close to Bois Roussot and Les Chaillots, once from Prince Mérode.
Lots of colour again. A more vibrant nose here. The palate full and concentrated, plenty of tannin again. Some finishing bitters and a good freshness too. Also big, concentrated and for keeping…

2019 Chorey-lès-Beaune
3 parcels blended here. Practically 2 hectares worth. Old vines here.
Tons of colour again. A depth of slightly spicy, dark and concentrated fruit. Supple, really concentrated, a tannin similar to the previous wines. The finish is powerful and holds well.

2019 Auxey-Duresses
Opposite Vincent Prunier’s Le Clous – plain south facing.
Dark colour, typically deep nose – perhaps an accent of reduction here, but improving with swirling. Lots of tannin again at the base, slightly dry, but virtually no grain. More dimension of fresher fruit is visible here. Last drops in the glass show some fine high toned interest.

2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune Vieilles-Vignes
Lots of parcels assembled; some 1er cru – Liards, Planchots, Pimentières, Peuillets and more – almost 2 hectares.
The first thats showing a bit more relaxed aroma and freshness, still dark fruited but a little more ready. A little more silky, more sweeping fruit. The wine thats showing the best so far

2019 Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Les Lavières
Second vintage for these young vines.
A nicer freshness again – silky dark fruit. Fine width – also there’s depth of flavour too. Like all, so far, the tannin is present but here with much less grain. That’s a nice finish, lots of flavour dimension.

2019 Volnay
From Grand Poissots on the limit with Brouillards
A deep aroma but with flashes of good freshness. Lots of mouth-filling volume, an extra dimension of flavour too. Very long. Vines next to Pommard

2019 Pommard La Chanière
A nicely airy nose – the most open so far. Mouth-filling, plenty of energy. A really nice balance to this wine. Tasty wine, but still a wine to wait for.

Les Blancs:
The whites are all bottled and sealed with DIAM:

2019 Bourgogne Aligoté
Only a little sulfur added at bottling time.
That’s a nicely forward nose, attractive, a little cushioned. Mouth-filling, still full of energy. A little cushioning but also some nicely mouth-watering style. Quite long too. Not the easiest wine to say, blind, ‘this is aligoté!’

2019 Bourgogne Côte d’Or Cuvée Chardonnay Cuvée Antoine
Vines mainly in Bligny on a gravel soil – another wine that only saw sulfur at bottling – which for all was done in July.
A less large nose but with freshness in the width. More vibrant, a little touch of tannin, this a tasty wine of volume.

2019 Savigny-Lès-Beaune
North facing
Not a large nose, but a concentrated nose, slowly opening with aeration. Fresh, lovely attack, still with a depth and richness of ripe flavour. Intense almost pineapple-fruit in the finish.

And to finish:

2018 Bourgogne Côte d’Or Cuvée Chardonnay Cuvée Antoine
A little more width of freshness here, almost saline too. Sinuous, layered, nice energy and growing in intensity too. I love the finishing flavour here – this is excellent.

2017 Savigny-Lès-Beaune
A bright vibrant but super ripe pineapple nose. Mineral, deeply flavoured, no fat. Slightly saline, very long. That‘s a very interesting wine, I love the finish, less so the start.

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