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Domaine Lucien Muzard  

et Fils

Nine generations of Muzards precede Claude and Hervé, who today control Domaine Lucien Muzard across 16 ha of vineyards in Santenay, Chassagne-Montrachet, Puligny Montrachet and Pommard. The family can trace its roots back to 1645, but it was not until the two sons, Claude and Herve took over the domaine from Lucien in 1995 that it began bottling at the estate rather than selling to négociants. Today 85% of the production is red wine but the white wines are gaining in stature with several key premier cru parcels in Santenay being replanted with Chardonnay. Santenay borders Chassagne Montrachet to the north adjoining notable premier cru’s such as Morgeots, Les Embazees and Les Baudines. Clearly there is potential for white wines with much limestone apparent in a complex series of fractured geological faults where the Cote d'Ór ends and turns the corner towards Maranges signalling the end of the Cote d'Ór slope. Santenay contains a great variety of soil differences and vineyard expositions, the potential of which deserves discovery.

Reducing vine yields and adoption of some modern wine-making techniques has resulted in spotlessly pure, great value Burgundy. They started using small bins for harvesting, a vibrating sorting table and conveyor belts rather than pumps to keep crushing to an absolute minimum as well as acquiring a new temperature controlled fermentation facility with new wooden vats and a new precision controlled press. In 2005 they began managing the vineyard organically and ultimately gained certification for biodynamic farming in 2011. Following the incessant rains of spring 2012 however they relinquished this certification and today follow a lutte raisonée, or sustainable farming path.

They continue to plough their rows and shun any use of herbicides or pesticides, let alone chemical fertilizers. In the winery these days, more whole bunches are included, typically about a third, while there are no additions of yeast or enzymes. In tandem with the move to more whole-bunch, the extraction regime has moved away from punch-downs towards a gentler remontage (pump-over) approach, while elevage is moving towards both larger oak and a subtler new-oak influence. Indeed for the first time in vintage 2015, two large foudres were included in the elevage of the Maladière. The reds are bottled unfined and with only a coarse filtration as required.

Lucien Muzard et Fils Vielles Vignes

 

Varietal: Pinot noir

Vineyard: This comes from several parcels of low-yielding vines scattered throughout the village of Santenay, with the biggest being Clos des Hâtes. Vines were planted in the 1960s and have a southeastern exposure on clay-limestone soils.

Vinification: Organically farmed, soils are worked, all fruit is hand-harvested. The wine is fermented in wooden vats, with 40% whole clusters. No punch downs, only gentle pump overs to avoid aggressive tannins, then aged 10 months, 30% in tank and 70% in 228-liter and 350-liter barrels, 15% of which are new.

Lucien Muzard et Fils Santenay 1er Cru Clos de Tavannes

 

Varietal: Pinot noir

Vineyard: Clos de Tavannes is a Premier Cru vineyard at the northern end of Santenay, and is widely considered to be the best Premier Cru climat in the village. The vineyard is on the lower slopes of the Cote d'Or, at the border of the Chassagne-Montrachet commune. La Comme covers the hillside above, while the Les Gravieres climat – of which Clos de Tavannes is officially a part of – stretches out toward the south. Wines made from grapes grown in Clos de Tavannes may take the name of either vineyard. The soil here is more marl and clay than in the southern parts of Santenay.

Vinification: In 2009, the domaine converted all of its vineyard holdings to organic viticulture. Organically farmed, green harvest, soils are worked, all fruit is hand-harvested. Long and slow pressing, short settling to maintain fine lees. Fermentation in 20% tank and 80% in 350 liter barrels. Aged 10 months in 50% tank and 50% 350 liter barrels, 30% of which are new. 

Lucien Muzard et Fils Santenay Champs Claude Blanc

 

Varietal: Chardonnay

Vineyard: Villages-level parcel that abuts the 1er Cru of Chassagne Morgeots, with a southeast orientation. The soil type is of clay and limestone, and quite stony.

Vinification: In 2009, the domaine converted all of its vineyard holdings to organic viticulture. Organically farmed, green harvest, soils are worked, all fruit is hand-harvested. Long and slow pressing, short settling to maintain fine lees. Fermentation in 20% tank and 80% in 350 liter barrels. Aged 10 months in 50% tank and 50% 350 liter barrels, 30% of which are new. 

Lucien Muzard et Fils Santenay Maladiere 1er Cru Blanc

 

Varietal: Chardonnay

Vineyard: Premier Cru vineyard Maladiere. Santenay’s vineyards stretch across 400 ha of which 123 ha are planted with Premier Cru vines, divided into 3 distinct zones. The same veins of brown soil combined with limestone that are found further north in Gevrey-Chambertin in the Côte de Nuits reappear south of Chassagne-Montrachet towards Santenay. The La Maladière vineyard, located above the village, enjoys eastern exposure and lies over fissured limestone topped with a thin layer of marl. 
Vinification: 
Fermentation in foudre with indigenous yeasts. About 40% whole cluster with an emphasis on maintaining whole berries to accentuate the fruit. Aged 14 months, 70% in 228 liter barrels, of which 15% are, and 30% in 350 liters barrels.