Domaine Marius Delarche

Pernand-Vergelesses | Côte de Beaune | Burgundy

 

delarche_producer_webBurgundy from Domaine Marius Delarche stands as an example of what great wine can and should be: both memorable and affordable. We first came across the family’s tiny cellars in Pernand-Vergelesses in the early 1990s, and honestly couldn’t believe what we saw, or tasted. Hidden away in this peaceful valley in the shadow of the noble hill of Corton was certainly the Côte de Beaune’s best-kept secret—gorgeous wines made by an honest winemaker for prices that reminded of decades past.

Delarche Burgundy offers a clarity and purity of flavor that is captivating. Whites are creamy and concentrated, taking a cue from grand cru Corton-Charlemagne; reds are spicy and refined, delicious from the moment they’re bottled to years later, when you pop the cork on a perfectly cellared grand cru.

And while the mantle at Delarche has passed from father to son, the charm and authenticity we found way back then still exists today. The family sadly lost Philippe Delarche, winemaker Etienne Delarche’s father, to cancer in 2007. Etienne had returned home in 2003, after finishing his enology degree in Beaune and completing a series of stages at international wineries, to ease the transition.

FARMING & WINEMAKING

Vines are cared for as closely to organic principles as possible, but the estate is not certified. All grapes are harvested by hand.

For reds, Pinot Noir grapes are destemmed and fermented on indigenous yeasts in temperature-controlled, stainless steel tanks. Wines are aged in French oak barrels, with no more than 30% new wood, for 12 to 15 months.

For whites, Chardonnay grapes are destemmed and pressed delicately in a horizontal, pneumatic press. Juice is fermented on indigenous yeasts in older French oak barrels; the estate’s Corton-Charlemagne is fermented and aged in new oak. All wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

WHITE WINES

Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc ‘Les Combottes’

The vineyard’s higher altitude above the petite village of Pernand delivers a chiseled, dazzling white Burgundy full of tension, peachy fruit and mineral energy.

 

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Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 1er Cru ‘Sous Fretille’

A complex, full-bodied premier cru that faces south, enjoying the sun all day long; its white/gray marl soils reminds of grand cru Corton-Charlemagne.

 

 

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Pernand-Vergelesses Blanc 1er Cru ‘En Caradeux’

A cooler vineyard — facing grand cru Corton-Charlemagne across the valley — with fine, sandy soils that deliver a more peppery, poised and structured white Burgundy.

 

 

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Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru

The family’s few older vines sit at the top of the slope, delivering fruit that is balanced and complex, with a stony, high-altitude edge.

 

 

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RED WINES

Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge ‘Les Boutières’ Vieilles Vignes

Winemaker Etienne Delarche selects only older-vine fruit (70 years or older) for this over-performing villages Pinot Noir, which is bordered by premier cru vineyards. Deeper soils means plush, savory fruit.

 

 

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Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru ‘Vergelesses’

Stony, clay-rich soils produce a supple, rich red Burgundy with classic notes of roses and violets with red plum and cherry flavors.

 

 

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Pernand-Vergelesses Rouge 1er Cru ‘Ile de Vergelesses’

Perfectly exposed to the southeast, this walled vineyard sits high up on the slope, and with its pure limestone soils, delivers a more refined, layered and complex red Burgundy.

 

 

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Le Corton Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes

The family’s few vines here too at the summit of the vineyard are also half a century old; Corton’s iron-rich soils are present in the wine’s structure and tangy finish.

 

 

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Corton-Renardes Grand Cru Vieilles Vignes

Etienne’s father planted these 50-year old vines near the summit of the noble hill of Corton. Brooding and layered, with notes of licorice and peppery spice.

 

 

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Established: 1940s
Winemaker: Etienne Delarche
Region: France • Burgundy • Côte de Beaune • Pernand-Vergelesses
Vineyard size: 22 acres