Domaine Chantal Lescure is a family owned and run winery founded by Chantal Lescure and Xavier Machard de Gramont in 1975 and now belongs to their two sons, Aymeric and Thibault Machard de Gramont. The 18 hectares of appellation vines extend from Chambolle-Musigny in the Côte de Nuits to Meursault in the Côte de Beaune. When Aymeric Machard de Gramont took over the management from his parents in 1996 he had new ideas for working the vines and hired winemaker François Chavériat. The following year, they began to transition towards organic viticulture. Today, the whole domaine is certified organic. The wines of Domaine Chantal Lescure are expressive, with powerful yet delicate tannins. They require several years of aging to reveal their numerous qualities.
The wines from Chantal Lescure are produced without outside interference and with the greatest respect for nature. Grapes are harvested manually at optimum maturity and are not crushed after de-stemming. They are then moved into the fermentation tanks by gravity. After a few days of cold maceration and a light pigeage, natural yeasts begin the semi-carbonic fermentation, after which the grapes are pressed and the juice is aged on lees for 16 to 20 months in the estate’s cold cellars.
"The talented winemaker François Chavériat has now been in charge of this beautiful Nuits-Saint-Georges domaine for several years. The hard work done in the vineyard means he does not need to compromise; he consistently produces strong and expressive wines that warrant several years of aging. One’s patience will be rewarded; the wines evolution in the...
The Côte de Nuits vineyards stretch 22 kilometres from the northern communes of Fixin and Marsannay to the southern villages of Comblanchien and Corgoloin (which form part of the Côte de Nuits-Villages appellation). The most prestigious appellations and wines, however, are found in the middle: Nuits-Saint-Georges, Vosne-Romanée, Gevrey Chambertin, Échezeaux, Richebourg, Clos de Vougeot, and Charmes-Chambertin. Interspersed between villages are dozens of valley-side vineyards where the soil is made of marl, hard limestone and loamy scree – conditions ideally suited to Pinot Noir. Rows of premiers and grands crus line the middles and tops of exposed, sunny hillsides.
The conditions for growing Pinot Noir in the Côte de Nuits are exceptional. The terroirs are made up of high quality soils and sub-soils and the difficult climatic conditions challenge the vines, ensuring the finest fruit. But the winemakers’ contributions cannot be overlooked, as they’ve spent centuries learning to master this demanding and finicky grape.