Domaine Chantal Lescure
Established in 1975 by Chantal Lescure and her husband , Xavier Machard de Gramont, Domaine Chantal Lescure is a family estate, currently owned by their children : Aymeric and Thibault Machard de Gramont.
The Domaine Chantal Lescure owns 18 hectares of vineyard, from Chambolle-Musigny on the Côte de Nuits to Volnay, on the Côte de Beaune.
In 1996, year of the death of Chantal Lescure, Aymeric Machard de Gramont decided to manage the Domaine. All the organization and especially the way to work in the vineyard changed. François Chavériat was hired as maître de chai. The new team works now in the respect of the vine and look for the best expression of each terroir.
In 2001, Aymeric Machard de Gramont had to move to other responsibility. He handed the Domaine to François Chavériat.
“Our method of vinification is to respect the integrity of the grapes, and so the integrity of the terroirs.”
Harvest is done by hand in cases of 25 kg. Grapes are drained then picked out by hand on a table.
Pinot Noir grapes are lightly crushed then 100% destemmed. Using gravity, berries go directly to the steel tank, which allows us to keep 80% of the berries full and intact. We will have a natural cold maceration for several days. The fermentation in closed tank, last between 13 and 24 days depending on the appellation and the vintage. We do a moderate punching of the grapes and a control of temperature thanks water trickle along the tank wall. The devatting is done using gravity, then we do a controlled pressing before the juice go into barrels.
Chardonnay grapes are not destemmed. We use a pneumatic press with low pressing. We select the different juices. It goes directly to the barrel. Alcoholic fermentation is done in barrels, in a cold cellar, with frequent stirring of the lees in the barrel.
Wines age on the lees in cold cellar, hence very late malolactic fermentations malolactiques. A month before the bottling, we do a racking thanks a belows. Bottling (around february – march) is done by ourselves with a very light filtration, even so none depends on the vintage.
“The quality of a wine comes first from the work in the vineyard.”
Vineyards, and the way we take care of them, influence the wine we will then produce. A team of 6 people is responsible for all the work in the vineyard. Their objectives: produce the best grapes in the respect of the vine and its terroir. They do an important work of the soil, short cuts, green work. The Domaine tends to an organic vine-growing by 3 to 5 years. Our vineyards are planted in Chardonnay for the white wine, and in Pinot Noir for the red wines.