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The Delagrange coat of arms dates back to 1570, and the family has owned vineyards in the Cotes de Beaune ever since. Didier Delagrange is the sixth generation vintner at the estate to bottle the family’s wines. At the border between the villages of Volnay and Pommard, where a good part of the Domaine's vines are situated, there exists one of the most interesting geological contrasts in all of Burgundy. Here, the slopes of Volnay produce Pinot Noir that is lacy, delicate and fragrant. A few hundred feet away, where the slopes flatten out, the soils of Pommard yield Pinot with great muscle and concentration.

 

Delagrange owns 14 hectares of vines in the communes of Volnay, Pommard, Aloxe Corton, Meursault and Hautes-Cote de Beaune. The famous 1er Cru "Clos des Chenes" of Volnay totals 15ha of vines, and Didier boasts one of the best plots located right in the center. The philosophy and practice at Delagrange is that the majority of the work is done in the vineyard. We hear this time and time again. However, the amount of manual labor that Didier performs in his vineyards is remarkable. Leaves are thinned by hand multiple times to remove those that shade the bunches; and canopies are trellised unusually high to counteract the severe lower thinning so that photosynthesis isn't stunted. In the cellar, Didier employs indigenous yeast and uses new oak only sparingly to craft wines that are very rich with precise aromatics and very pure fruit.

Domaine Henri et Didier Delagrange Hautes-Cotes de Beaune Blanc

 

Varietal: Chardonnay

Vineyard: 3 hectares on a slope 100-150m above the Pommard valley, with a south to southeast exposure.

Vine Age: 15 years on average

Soil: Reddish, stony marl

Farming: Minimal intervention

Vinification: Grapes are mechanically harvested and the juice is extracted by pneumatic press and clarified. 50% of the must is fermented in temperature controlled stainless steel while the remaining must is fermented in 228L and 500L vats. Aged for 10 months and the wines are blended before bottling.

Domaine Henri et Didier Delagrange Hautes-Cotes de Beaune Rouge

 

Varietal: Pinot Noir

Vineyard: The vines cover an area of 3.35 hectares on a slope 100-150m above the Pommard valley, with a south, southeast exposure.

Vine Age: 8 years on average

Soil: Reddish, stony marl

Farming: Minimal intervention

Vinification:  Grapes are harvested by hand and are 100% destemmed. The grapes spend 15 days in open tanks with temperature control and occasional punching down. Aged for 10 months. 60% in oak vats and 40% in tank.

Domaine Henri et Didier Delagrange Saint Romain 

 

Varietal: Chardonnay

Vine Age: 38 years

Soil: Limestone soil covered with rocks

Farming: Minimal intervention

Vinification: Grapes are mechanically harvested. 50% fermented in barrels, 50% in stainless steel. Aged for 12 months.

Domaine Henri et Didier Delagrange Meursault

 

Varietal: Chardonnay

Vineyard: 54.35 hectares, with a sloping southeast exposure, on reddish soil (Les Forges) and gravel (Les Magnys)

Vinification: Grapes are hand harvested and juice is extracted by a pneumatic press, clarified and fermented in 228L and 300L vats. The wine is aged for 12 months in 20% new barrels