Bertrand Machard de Gramont

Axelle Machard de Gramont

 

Axelle Machard de Gramont took over the family domaine from her father in 2004. Since then, the quality of the wines and the reputation of the domaine have increased exponentially from year to year. Axelle was not originally planning to be a winemaker, and so she is influenced not only by her experience growing up in Burgundy, but also from a decade living away from the domaine, which gives her the rare perspective of both an insider and an outsider.  Since returning to the Cote d’Or, Axelle has fully and completely embraced the life of the vigneronne, learning each of her vineyards by heart, and dedicated herself to making exceptional Burgundy. She converted to domaine to organic viticulture, and taking a minimal intervention approach in the cellar. The result are wines with softer, elegant structure, that retain the rich fruit of the best Pinot Noir from the Cote de Nuits.
The domaine is composed of several village vineyards in Nuits-Saint-George -- including the 80 year old vines in Aux Allots near the border with Vosne-Romanée, and Les Terrasses des Vallerots, which Axelle’s father Bertrand reterraced and planted in 2002 on a plot that had been abandoned since the late 1800s. In addition, there is a tiny vineyard of Aligoté hidden next to the ruins of the Abbaye Saint-Vivant, a beautifully scenic spot off the beaten path.

 

 
Axelle Machard de Gramont produces some of the most delicious, drinkable, honest, and inspiring wines in Burgundy today. There’s a handful of young producers in Burgundy taking their family domaines to the next level, and she is one to keep track of.
— Josh Adler, Paris Wine Company

 
 
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Bourgogne Aligoté Le chêne Court

Varietal: 100% Aligote                                        Color: White

Fruit is hand-harvested and hand-sorted.  Whole clusters go to pneumatic press. Fermentation and ageing - half in used oak barrels and half in stainless steel tanks.  Ageing - one year. Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and minimal SO2 added.  Organic.

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Bourgogne "Les Grands Chaillots"

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir                               Color: Red

From 30-year-old vinesFruit is hand-harvested and sorted. 100% destemmed.  2 weeks of fermentation then ageing in 228-liter used oak barrels for 18 – 20 months.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and minimal SO2 added.  Organic.

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Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Terrasses des Vallerots"

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir                              Color: Red

From 15 year-old vines, grown on a clay limestone terroir.  Before Axelle’s father planted this 2 ha parcel, the land sat unplanted and untreated for several generations, whose terroir “vièrge” is reflected in the purity and freshness of this cuvée. Fruit is hand-harvested and sorted. 100% destemmed.  2 weeks of fermentation then ageing in 228-liter used oak barrels for 18 – 20 months.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and minimal SO2 added.  Organic.

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Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Vallerots"

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir                            Color: Red

From 30-year-old vines on a half-hectare that sits just above “Les Terrasses.” Fruit is hand-harvested and sorted. 100% destemmed.  2 weeks of fermentation then ageing in 228-liter used oak barrels for 18 – 20 months.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and minimal SO2 added.  Organic.

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Nuits-Saint-Georges "Les Hauts Pruliers"

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir                                 Color: Red

From 50-year-old vines.  This parcel sits just uphill from 1er Cru “Les Pruliers.”  Thin layer of top soil, then pure rock terroir.   A more robust expression of Pinot Noir. Fruit is hand-harvested and sorted. 100% destemmed.  2 weeks of fermentation then ageing in 228-liter used oak barrels for 18 – 20 months.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and minimal SO2 added.  Organic.

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Nuits-Saint-Georges "Aux Allots"

Varietal : 100% Pinot Noir                            Color: Red

From 80 – 100-year-old vines on deep clay-limestone terroir that sit more mid-to-lower slope, close to the neighboring Vosne-Romanée.  Broad but balanced, this bottle is a benchmark of the domaine.  Fruit is hand-harvested and sorted. 100% destemmed.  2 weeks of fermentation then ageing in 228-liter used oak barrels for 18 – 20 months.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and minimal SO2 added.  Organic.

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Vosne-Romanée

Varietal: 100% Pinot Noir                                Color: Red

From four different Vosne holdings acquired in 2002 by Axelle’s family, with an average of 35 – 40-year-old vines.  Fruit is hand-harvested and sorted. 100% destemmed.  2 weeks of fermentation then ageing in 228-liter used oak barrels for 18 – 20 months.  Bottled unfined, unfiltered, and minimal SO2 added.  Organic.

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