With its origin dating back to 1928 when the Mercier family established itself in Gevrey-Chambertin, Domaine de Chezeaux owns nearly 60% of Griotte-Chambertin - the largest owner - and also Clos St-Denis, Chambertin as well as some parcels of Gevrey Premier Cru; however, the Domaine does not make any wines but instead the holdings are all farmed and produced by others, which is called a "en metayage" and those who "farm" the land are called the "metayers". The metayers are responsible for the farming, elevage, bottling and distribution and among the metayers are well-established names like Ponsot, Leclerc, and Berthaut. They take up over 60% of the crop as payment, and then the rest are produced under the Domaine des Chezeaux label.
Domaine Ponsot has Le Chambertin, Clos St-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru and 57% of Griotte-Chambertin, in which Ponsot has been producing wine from this plot ever since 1982; and the rest of Griotte-Chambertin (43%) is leased to Domaine Rene Leclerc. The Gevrey 1er Cru and village vineyards are handled by Domaine Berthaut in Fixin. The gist of all this means that many of the wines from Domaine des Chezeaux are actually from the hands of Domaine Ponsot (or some from Domaine Rene Leclerc for Griotte-Chambertin), and yet the prices are relatively more affordable. Even wine writer Steen Ohman has said that -
"The Ponsot wines sold under the Domaine des Chezeaux label are normally quite a lot cheaper than the wines sold under the regular Ponsot label. This is a strange market imperfection as the wines presumably are identical."
Today we are pleased to offer a selection of Domaine des Chezeaux bottles from Grand Cru and 1er Cru and from 2017 and 2018 including Chambertin Grand Cru 2018, Clos St Denis Grand Cru 2018, Griotte-Chambertin Grand Cru 2017 and 2018, and Chambolle-Musigny Les Charmes 1er Cru 2018. Comparatively more affordable than the Ponsot label, these are bottles to take serious consideration -
Subject to final confirmation. Immediately available from stock.
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