Chapter 4.

Revealing

a well-kept secret

« The unpredictable coming together of multidimensional spaces »

INTRODUCTION

Imagine more than 90,000 small vines spread over nine hectares.
Imagine 3,300 small Pinot Noir vines in an ocean of Chardonnay.
Imagine those plants flourishing, lulled by birdsong, bathed in the scent of shrubs and other flowers, and feeding on the fastidious work of a multitude of earthworms.
Imagine the flavour of those grapes caressed by the sun …

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1. A STROLL THROUGH OUR TERROIRS

These intoxicating landscapes bring joy to us every day: from the Saône plain with its clouds that dance in the breeze to the magnificent chain of the Mont Blanc massif, a constant companion during our daily tasks. The Domaine Comtesse de Chérisey is located at an altitude of 350 metres above Hameau de Blagny and overlooks the communes of Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet. The different climats of Hameau de Blagny together cover about 56 hectares. Chardonnay and Pinot Noir rub shoulders on these terroirs, where clay and limestone are intimately mixed in this region with its distinctive geology. This union gives our wines minerality, complexity and purity.

If the Blagny site is remarkable for its unique location in Burgundy, the Domaine Comtesse de Chérisey is no less so. It comprises a single vineyard of more than nine hectares facing south-south-east. To explore it, you will need good footwear! You can visit each of our climats, hiking just three kilometres – with an elevation gain of 80 metres and slopes with a gradient of up to 35%.

In the commune of Meursault, at an altitude of 400 metres, the imposing 'Bois de Blagny' amphitheatre gazes majestically over our premier crus. Our 'La Pièce sous le Bois' hails from here. At the southern limit of this climat lies an ocean of colours and contrasts, which can only be the exceptional monopoly of 'La Genelotte'.

On the Puligny-Montrachet side, even further south, our two 'Garenne' plots are tucked into this immense climat, which stretches over ten hectares. A dry stone wall separates the 'Garenne' from 'Hameau de Blagny'. Facing directly south, overlooking 'la Truffière' and opposite the village of Puligny-Montrachet, the climat of 'Hameau de Blagny' is enclosed and enjoys its own microclimate. Each vine grows among a scattering of pebbles.

We end with the southernmost of the estate's climats: the 'Chalumaux'. The terroir has poor and arid soil, part of which (until around 1950) was made up of wasteland dotted with meurgers.

2. Confidence

Meursault Blagny 1er cru la Genelotte blanc

MEURSAULT-BLAGNY 1er CRU
« La Genelotte » - Monopole
An Exceptional Monopole

The 5.05 hectares that make up the Genelotte are a patchwork of plots of varying ages, with an intimate mix of massal and clonal selection within the plots.

From two to almost a hundred years of age, each vine flourishes on clayey and very cool soil: a formidable weapon in the fight against global warming.

The wines combine both the richness of Charmes and the great purity of Perrières.

Demanding, disturbing and decidedly mysterious, Genelotte, without doubt, creates a great cuvée.

MEURSAULT-BLAGNY 1er CRU
« La pièce sous le bois»
Making the Transition

This plot of 0.3329 hectares was cleared in 2019 and underwent a period of rest.

2021 will bring forth a vintage of wheat! The soil of this climat is less rich in clay than Genelotte but has a high proportion of scree.

Its white wines are characterised by a wonderful finesse.

This climat will be converted to Pinot Noir from 2023 onwards.

Meursault Blagny 1er cru la pièce sous le bois
Meursault bois de Blagny

MEURSAULT
« Bois de Blagny »
Our Village Wine

This plot is located on 1.1293 hectares in Blagny wood. The first plants colonised the 'mountain' in 2006.

Overlooking Genelotte and La Pièce sous le Bois, we find both of those soil types here. Slopes with a gradient of up to 35%, reaching a maximum altitude of 400 metres, bestow grandeur and dignity upon this beautiful plot. Each vine here is gently caressed by wild herbs.

The wine is very fruity and is characterised by aromas of white flowers and exotic notes. There's also the suggestion of very fine purity.

BLAGNY 1er CRU
« La Genelotte - MONOPOLE »
Wisdom

Landlocked on a sea of Chardonnay, this very old vineyard, pruned using the Cordons de Royat method since 1929, thrives on clay-limestone soil, typical of the climat of Genelotte.

Agronomic yields are marginal, but the wines obtained are surprisingly fresh. Several years of cellaring are necessary.

The wines are characterised by aromas of red fruits, with which spicy notes intimately mingle, and are deep and subtle.

Blagny 1er cru la Genelotte rouge
Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru la Garenne

PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1er CRU
« La Garenne »
Transgenerational

Lying on very poor soil, the 0.1452 hectares of our Garenne are divided into two plots, aged 20 and 90 years, respectively.

This is where the stone sharpens the blades of the plough; this is where the root's compass gets lost.

A unique cuvée is born from this terroir. The wines are of a fine purity – racy and, miraculously, the acidity of the citrus recalls the sharpness of the stone.

PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1er CRU
« Hameau de Blagny »
Above Truffières

The soil is extremely poor and very shallow. The barely concealed bedrock is a constant reminder its story of origin.

The vines on these 1.6276 hectares range from 20 to 60 years old.

The harshness of the prevailing seasons means this climat is engaged in a never-ending battle for survival. But from this profound hardship, wines of the most esteemed Puligny pedigree are born.

Purity, minerality, depth, dizzy heights. The delicate emotion of lime blossom and acacia.

Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru hameau de Blagny
Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru les Chalumeaux

PULIGNY-MONTRACHET 1er CRU
« Les Chalumaux »
The Southernmost

Established on 0.7779 hectares, this is ferruginous clay-limestone soil. Les Chalumaux grapes ripen early. Right from the first rays of spring sunshine, they wake up – and take off at a gallop to be the first in the cellar. These renewed vineyards are now 10 to 40 years old.

The wines are rich and opulent with a more discreet minerality.

A more generous Puligny with exotic notes and a blend of hazelnuts and honey.