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|Producer:||Domaine de Chérisey|
|Winemaker:||Hélène Martelet-de-Chérisey, Laurent Martelet|
|Vineyard:||Planted between 1946-1955|
|Aging:||Settling of the juice for 12 hours then racked directly into 228-L oak barrels, the percentage of new oak and the length of aging depend on the vintage|
The lost hamlet of Blagny, up in the hills between Puligny-Montrachet and Meursault in the Côte d’Or in Burgundy, is home to Comtesse de Chérisey. This almost magical, lost-in-time corner of the world boasts a unique microclimate, with a slightly different average temperature, exposition and soil than the rest of Burgundy. In our humble opinion, our friend and vigneron, Laurent Martelet, creates the most haunting masterpieces that emerge from this terroir. All of the de Chérisey vines are premier cru, are at least 60 years old, and they encircle their ancient cellar in the Hameau de Blagny.
Trust the great winemakers, trust the great vineyards. Your wine merchant might even be trustworthy. In the long run, that vintage strip may be the least important guide to quality on your bottle of wine.—Kermit Lynch