Winery of the Month: Domaine d’Ardhuy
Domaine d’Ardhuy is located in the heart of Burgundy, France in the Côte de Nuits bordering the Côte de Beaune. It is nestled in the Clos des Langres, which has been synonymous with exceptional wine since the monks of the Abbaye de Cîteau planted the first vineyards in the 10th century.
The d’Ardhuy family has owned this estate for four generations perfecting the winemaking process. The Domaine d’Ardhuy was created in 1947 following a beautiful meeting between two wine lovers, Gabriel d’Ardhuy and Éliane during the harvest in Burgundy. This common passion for vines and wine will only be the beginning of a beautiful history that would be written in two regions that are dear to them, Burgundy and the Rhone Valley.
Later, they acquired some of the most beautiful terroirs of the Côte-d’Or such as Corton Pouget Grands Crus in 1956, Gevrey-Chambertin in 1988, Meursault in 1994 or Savigny Lès Beaunes 1er Cru in 2000. After having seven daughters, the Ardhuy family has passed on their love for the world of wine over three generations. Today, two of their daughters, Mireille D’Ardhuy-Santiard and Marie-Pierre D’Ardhuy-Plumet, continue this family tradition.
The Vineyard & Terroir
Domaine d’Ardhuy’s vines are treated with the utmost respect of the terrain and cultivated in a traditional manner, and the estate’s entire production has been certified bio-dynamic since 2012.
The parcels of the estate located on the border between the Côte de Beaune and the Côte de Nuits benefit from a mosaic of climates whose particularity is exploited as well as possible in the respect of the land so that each of the appellations expresses all the characteristics and characteristics of the great wines. The winegrowers of the Domaine take care with attention and respect of the terroir of 125 different plots (climates from plains and hillside on limestone as well as clay) on 45 appellations. Their reds are produced exclusively from Pinot Noir and our whites from Chardonnay.
Domaine d’Ardhuy Wines
Through exceptional knowledge of the land and frequent maturity checks, they harvest each field at its optimum maturity. All fermentation takes place traditionally in oak barrels with regular stirring of the lees at the end of the fermentation process resulting in exceptional wines.
Domaine d’Ardhuy Bourgogne Côte-d’Or Pinot Noir 2018 (Now $55, U.P. $60)
This Bourgogne red is delightful, fruity, soft in the mouth and easy to drink with very charming and expressive aromas (strawberry and cherry). It’s a well-balanced wine which complements full-flavoured meat dishes as pork, grilled meat, and white meat.
Domaine d’Ardhuy Ladoix <<Clos des Chagnots>> Monopole 2017 (Now $67, U.P. $74)
Another Bourgogne red, this wine from is delightful, fruity, soft in the mouth and easy to drink with very charming and expressive aromas (strawberry and cherry). It’s a wine which complements full-flavoured meat dishes as pork, grilled meat and white meat.
Domaine d’Ardhuy Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru La Vigne Dieu 2014 (Now $290, U.P. $339)
This white wine is 100% Chardonnay, dense, closed and highly tannic. When young, they have worried many a connoisseur. However, after waiting patiently for six or seven years, cellaring will bring out their marvellous aromas of red fruit, spices, liquorice and game, as well as an incredible richness. Nicely structured, they unveil a nice acidity and good persistency.
Domaine d’Ardhuy Gevrey-Chambertin 2017 (Now $100, U.P. $112)
Ruby red colour, with some blue in it, its flavours have a good intensity of red berries combined with a touch of liquorice. The mouth is ample, elegant with well-rounded tannins, hiding the good underlying structure. It has good persistence.