Clos de la Maréchale

Clos de la Maréchale is the southernmost Premier Cru vineyard in the Cote de Nuits region of Burgundy. This climat covers land on the slope just south of the village of Premeaux-Prissey, although it falls under the Nuits-Saint-Georges appellation. The red wines made from Pinot Noir here are relatively full bodied, with a rustic, spicy character. A tiny portion of the vineyard is also given over to Chardonnay.

The nine hectare (22ac) vineyard lies on the midslope of the Cote d’Or, covering a fairly homogenous and not overly steep part of the hill. This faces the vines toward the southeast, and so there is exposure to sunlight for a good portion of the day. This is of course an important consideration in Burgundy’s cooler climate, as warmth during the day helps ripening. Cooler evenings slow this process, helping with the retention of acidity in the grapes. Clos de la Maréchale Premier Cru wines are well balanced as a result.

Clos de la Maréchale’s soils are made up of limestone (much like in the neighboring Clos Arlot vineyard, and betrayed by the quarry higher on the hill). Free-draining clay marl and sand can be found, causing the vine to grow deep root systems in search of nutrients and moisture in the ground. This helps to lessen vigor, ensuring a channeling of energy into grape production. Berries are concentrated as a result, making high-quality wines.

This vineyard is one of the largest monopoles within the Cote d’Or. While Clos de la Marechale has long been owned by the Mugnier family, it was leased out to Domaine Faiveley for 50 years. This lease expired in 2003, and since then the climat has been tended to by Domaine Jacques-Frederic Mugnier, who have had a significant impact on the style of the vineyard’s wines.