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Santenay Maladière Premier Cru 2021 - Domaine Muzard
Sitting on a fissured limestone base covered in a thin layer of loam, Maladière is a steep southeast facing rocky hillsideIN THE VINEYARD We grow 4.35 hectares on this hillside with vines that are on average 35 years old. The steep slope means we’ve had to grow grass to contain erosion. The vines are de-budded, de-leafed on rising-sun side to get the bunches of grapes used to the sun and to aerate the foliage. SPECIFICATIONS Alcohol content : 13%vol. Ageing Potential : 5 years Serving : 14-15°C VINIFICATION The grapes are never crushed, a major part of the grapes is destemmed and we keep around 30% as whole bunches. Alcohol fermentation is achieved with indigenous yeast. The wine is subjected to gentle cap-punching or pigeage during vatting. MATURING After 18 to 20 days, we devat and blend free run wine with press wine for maturation in Burgundian oak barrels, 15 to 20% of which are new. A third of the cuvée is matured in large Foudre oak vats.
Domaine Muzard was founded in the 60s by Lucien Muzard, who through his fervent passion passed on to his children the values of work in the vineyard. His eldest son, Claude, joined him in 1987 while Hervé three years later. Despite having learned the basics of the trade from their father, they studied at the Beaune wine school and gained experience from the nearby Clos Bellefond and Domaine Prieur, anchored in their strong loyalty to the land of Santenay. The Domaine today has 18 hectares of which 80% red and 20% white. Through long refinements, even in large vats, and significant proportions of "vendange entier" (up to 100%) the two brothers together with Capucine, Claude's daughter, give life to very pleasant wines, great interpreters of the terroir of Santenay.