Claire Naudin Echézeaux Grand Cru 2018


Claire Naudin comes from a very long line of winemakers. Her ancestors were tending vines in Burgundy as far back as the 1500’s. In her own words – “Many generations of winemakers have built our domain. One after the other, they knew how to work the vine and express the best of the fruit. Each new generation has been a source of renewal and dynamism, of questioning and new projects.” She took over management of the domaine from her father in 1999. As an advocate for sustainable farming, she completely rejects the use of chemicals and has been vocal about her objection to manipulative methods in the cellar. Although she farms organically, she has not sought out certification. 

“The lieu-dit of Les Rouges du Bas is roughly one acre near the top on the slope. Soils here include sandy pink limestone making it incredibly unique. The steep slope and modest topsoil mean cover crops are essential for preventing erosion. The vines are roughly forty years old. Claire typically harvests this plot early in the morning to retain freshness, opting for whole-cluster fermentation for two weeks in an open-top tank. She employs gentle pigeage to avoid over-extraction. The wine is then pressed off into barrel, many of which are new. One month before bottling, she racks into stainless steel, then bottles via gravity without fining or filtration. In a typical year, 100 cases are produced. ” – Erik Mercier, Juice Imports

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