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The Marchand-Grillots were loquacious about the difference between Au Velle and En Songe. This vineyard sits just above the other but is picked a week later than En Songe because it is cooler and damper on red clay. There is a fault line in between the two. This is tighter in structure with a brisk red fruit, some firm tannins.
Domaine Marchand-Grillot was founded in 1950 and covers 9 hectares of vines, spreading across 47 different plots in 5 Côte de Nuits-Villages. In Gevrey-Chambertin, they produces five different village wines and a very old vine plot called Champerrier. They added “vigne centenaire” to the wine name because the vines are over 100 years old. Today, fifth generation Jacques Marchand heads the estate with his son Etienne, with an objective of creating traditional style wines. The estate has adopted a sustainable viticulture approach and stopped using herbicides and insecticides.