Les Chaumées is the first growth parcel that overlooks the northern sector of Chassagne-Montrachet vineyard (on the Puligny-Montrachet side). As far as the domain's vines are concerned, they are situated in the upper part of this climat at more or less 300 metres altitude. As it is often the case on top slope plots, the soil is not very deep there: it doesn't reach over 50 cm depth on average. It is composed of a light earth (with little clay presence), not too sticky when damp and draining naturally and quickly after heavy rains. The presence of stones is highly important. So we have here a stony terroir which is also noticeable for its rather steep slope, with an east exposure, tending to slightly incline northward. This situation could make you think this parcel is late to develop, which is not the case at all. The well-formed bunches ripen very easily without any fear of disease. This vine, planted in 1988, stretches over 22 ares.
During the harvest, the grapes are first sorted out on the vines, then, if necessary, there may be a second sorting in the winery on a special sorting table. After a gentle pressing, the must is left to settle naturally for about 12 hours. This light racking of the lees enables the wine to keep a good substrate, thus being protected from oxidation and, as a consequence, preserving all its aromatic richness. It is then poured into barrels by gravity and left to ferment. The Chassagne Premier Cru Les Chaumées is matured in oak casks for 20 months (using 60% new oak). During this period, the wine is left undisturbed except for a few stirrings of the lees. We have experienced that medium grain wood brought tension to the wine without enhancing the toasty aromas that could alter the fresh and straightforward character of this wine. Before bottling, the wine spends about three months in vats in order to homogenize its components. The winery benefits from a four- level structure enabling to handle the harvest by gravity from the arrival of the grapes to the bottling operation, without any pumping.
2014 was a year full of contrasts. After a mild and humid winter, spring was definitely sunny. June rapidly took on summer looks. A 35° heat peak was registered on the vines as early as the beginning of the month. Flowering started on the 5th of June or so in excellent weather conditions. During the summer, August rains aroused some worries but September was finally dry and bright. These conditions enabled sugar to concentrate in the bunches, however you had to be patient before launching the harvest. The beautiful late-autumn weather that is very often found in Burgundy, gave us the opportunity to harvest well-matured Chardonnays from the 17th of September on. Supported by a beautiful acidity, the wines display a straightforward and pure mouthfeel. Each of them is particularly representative of its terroir.
Les Chaumées 2014 vintage was bottled on December 10th 2015.
This Chassagne-Montrachet Premier Cru comes as a proof that a terroir can be spontaneously 'read' through the characteristics of its vintage (2014 in this case).
Les Chaumées is not among the most powerful terroirs of the appellation, but still its natural harmony, that is a supple, smooth and fine mix, is perfectly revealed here. The fruit fragrances are very subtle with fresh hazelnut notes brought by a maturing in oak casks. All these features will contribute to a harmonious aging.