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2019 Armand Heitz Meursault, En la Barre, Burgundy, France (750ml)

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From the producer: Domaine Heitz-Lochardet started in 1857 with the Nie-Vantey family, owners of many vineyards from Santenay to Clos de Vougeot. Post-phylloxera, many of the vineyards were sold, but the best Cote de Beaune vineyards were kept in the family by Georges Lochardet. Two generations later, Brigitte Lochardet married Christian Heitz and her share of the family vineyards, 5ha, became Heitz-Lochardet, which Brigitte organically farmed. For the next 25 years, Brigitte rented the totally of her vines to Maison Joseph Drouhin. As Armand Heitz, the next generation, completed his oenology studies in 2011, he began recuperating his mother’s vineyards and converting them to full biodynamic practices. A young man with knowledge beyond his years, he completed his first vintage in 2013, guided by consulting oenologist Ludovic Pierrot who spent eight years at the legendary Domaine Leflaive, working alongside Anne-Claude Leflaive, the matriarch of Biodynamics in the Cote d’Or. This is a rich wine with buttery and floral aromas. It comes from shallow soil containing chalky marl. With a relatively exotic, generous nose, palate-wise it is intense, with clay-based minerality. The grapes are harvested in small cases in order to protect their quality. This cuvée is vinified in whole bunches in order to obtain a complex and delicate wine, using as few additives as possible.

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