Domaine Heitz-Lochardet started in 1857 with the Nié-Vantey family, who owned many vineyards from Santenay to Clos de Vougeot. Post-phylloxera, many of the vineyards were sold, but the best Côte de Beaune vineyards were kept in the family by Georges Lochardet (a great wine merchant) who in 1900 married Marcelle Nié; they then owned twenty hectares of vines as well as several farmhouses. Their son Armand Lochardet inherited half of the estate that he would eventually pass on to his three children, Bernard, Catherine and Brigitte. Two generations later, Brigitte Lochardet married Christian Heitz, and her share of the family vineyards became Heitz-Lochardet, that she farmed organically.
For 25 years, Brigitte Lochardet contracted all her vines to Maison Joseph Drouhin; but as Armand Heitz (the next generation), completed his oenology studies in 2011, he began reclaiming his mother’s vineyards and converting them to full biodynamic practices, taking over the estate in 2012 and completing his first vintage in 2013. In 2018 Armand decided to offer a more diversified range of appellations and turned his sights on Beaujolais, partnering with his brother-in-law (Augustin Ceyrac) and sourcing fruit from their 6 hectares of vineyards in Juliénas.
We are excited to share this eponymous bottling of 100% Gamay that was vinified and then aged in stainless-steel for 7 months, sur lies.
Bright, electric copper hue. Powerful aromas of strawberry pastises. The palate follows suit, showing strawberry preserves, marmalade and wet stone. The finish is long, with great minerality and a hint of spice.