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Maratray Dubreuil: Marriage of modern and traditional winemaking

Updated: Apr 4, 2022

Domain Maratray Dubreuil is a family business operating for three generations at Ladoix-Serrigny in the heart of the Côte, it is managed by the brother-and-sister team of François-Xavier and Marie-Madeleine.

They run a 19-hectare holding spread over the villages of Ladoix, Aloxe-Corton, Beaune, Chorey-les-Beaune, Pernand-Vergelesses and Savigny-les-Beaune, producing regional, villages, villages 1er cru and 4 grand cru AOC wines.

En Naget is a two-coloured monopole in Ladoix-Serrigny. Owned by Domaine Maratray-Dubreuil it is village appellation in red and premier cru in white. (60% Red)

Being at the top of the slope, just below the forest, En Naget benefits from a slightly cooler micro-climate with more humidity. The vines are protected from the wind and the forest acts as a thermoregulator.

It’s all about finesse for the red and the white marl (mix of clay and limestone) gives volume to the white. They are Round & Austere wine.

Les Vergelesses has a certain freshness and minerality that you often find in the Pernand wines.

The Pernand Vergelesses Premier Cru is a wine of sustained intensity. Its bouquet is elegant, quite powerful, marked by a dominance of red fruits – ever evolving with age. On the palate, the wine has supple and beautiful tannins and a robust structure. Fantastic character, power and finesse. They are fresh wine.

The Aloxe Corton are quite dark in colour, their shades varying from deep ruby through crimson to garnet. While young, the wine’s aroma suggests a spring garden with small red fruits (raspberry, strawberry) and black fruits (blackcurrant, blackberry). These intensify with age and evolve into peony and jasmine, preserved and brandied fruits, pistachio, prune, leather, truffle, mushroom and cinnamon.

The site is located about half a kilometer (0.3 miles) northeast of Aloxe-Corton village. The property's northeast end borders the commune of Ladoix-Serrigny.

In Bressandes you have a band of clay. This produces a more austere wine. Bressandes is power and has character. It is a powerful and full-bodied palate.

The Corton-Charlemagne vines are 60 years old. Next to Domaine Rapet the élevage for the Corton-Charlemagne is long. Close to 18 months. It’s a wine which requires patience. One should always give it time. In order to gain fat it needs time.

When young, Corton-Charlemagne is pale gold in colour with green highlights.

As it ages, the colour shifts towards yellow or amber. The bouquet, delicate in the extreme, features buttery notes of baked apple, citrus fruits, pineapple, lime, bracken, juniper, cinnamon, and flint. Honeyed notes are frequently present. The older vintages (25-30 years) reveal leather and truffle. Both the glass and the palate are filled with its powerful exhalations. Corton- Charlemagne is an astonishing demonstration of what the Chardonnay grape is capable of in terms of richness, power, concentration, distinction and balance. Rarely do we see such a perfect synthesis between grape variety and terroir.

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