The hamlet of Blagny is a Cistercian heritage site and even during the earlier gallo-roman period it is believed that the inhabitants cultivated vines.
From the 12th century to the 18th, Blagny belonged to the Cistercian order established in the nearby abbey of Maizières and to this day remains a chapel built in the 15th century.
As commented by several 18th century writers, it appears that the monks’ knowledge of winegrowing had already built up the reputation of Blagny for its fine wine.After the revolution, the domain was sold in 1793 as national property and then acquired in 1811 by an ancestor of the present owners; the five following generations have all been dedicated to maintaining the excellence of the family estate and today, this responsibility is in the hands of Jean-Louis de Montlivault. Etienne de Brichard is preparing himself for the job.
Grapes are handpicked then placed in crates to be carefully transferred to the vathouse; a pneumatic press is used for low pressure extraction of the must.
For the white wines, the must is racked in vats for 24 hours which gives time for the coarse solid matter to settle and immediately after this period, the clear juice is filled into oak casks (only a quarter of the casks are new). The alcoholic fermentation is a natural process without the addition of artificial yeasts; then follows the malolactic fermentation process.
About 14 months later, the wine is racked in vats, filtered and then bottled.
The red wine process starts with fermentation of the de-stalked grapes in vats for approx. 2 weeks during which the colour and the tannins in the grape skin are dissolved; when the sugar is changed into alcohol, the wine is filled into casks and, as for the white, bottled after about 14 months. A quarter of the number of casks is renewed each year.
The terroir of Blagny, which is not more than 40 hectares, comprises 20% of appellations yet "1er cru" of Meursault and Puligny-Montrachet, universally known for excellence of their white wines. Soil, consisting of clay and limestone marl, are suitable for both reds than whites. Vineyards, grouped around the "hameau de Blagny", are located in the highest part of the Premiers Crus.
The vineyards are all located on the terroir of Blagny.
- Vines planted in white located on the commune of Meursault, have "meursault-blagny" appellation.
- Vines planted in white located on the commune of Puligny-Montrachet, have "puligny-montrachet, hameau de Blagny" appellation.
- Vines planted in red located on the commune of have "Blagny, sous le dos d’âne" appellation.
This appellation springs from 4 plots, all classified premier cru: La Jeunelotte, La Pièce-sous-le-bois, Sous-le-dos-d’âne and Sous-Blagny : the Meursault-Blagny wine from our domain originates from 3 of these plots (or climats), Sous-le-dos-d’âne, La Pièce-sous-le-bois and Sous-Blagny.
This wine is distinguished for its fine, mineral sensation giving length in the mouth : in the first years, the aroma is rich and ranges from citrus fruit to white blossom moving towards honey, buttered toast and hazelnut.
After 2 or 3 years in the cellar it may be served before dinner with cubes of “jambon persillé” (pressed ham ) or “Comté” cheese; a little older it will be an ideal match for fish quenelles and with slightly more maturity, delicious with veal in cream sauce.
In a good cellar, Meursault-Blagny wine may be laid for 8/10 years.
Terra Barossa Cabernet Sauvignon Importers Reserve 2012 is 100 percent Cabernet Sauvignon.
The color is a deep red. The nose is lifted with delightful floral notes of wild roses. In addition the nose also shows characters of currants, green beans and roasted capsicum. the palate has intense blackcurrant fruit complimented by coffee, nutmeg and dried herbs. The palate is medium bodied with sweet berry fruits right through to the finish. The seamless tannins are soft and silky, adding further complexity to this well balanced wine.
Drink this one over the next 5 to 7 years.
Le Jade Picpoul de Pinet is made from 100% Picpoul de Pinet
Pale straw color. Delicate white flower, citrus and juicy pear aromas. Fresh, crisp, and bright acidity with mineral and saline accents. Well-balanced and easy-drinking.
A refreshing treat laced up with snappy food-friendly acidity.
Picpoul Le Jade makes a classic match with oysters on the half shell and goes very well with exotic food in general. Picpoul means lip-smacking good.
SOIL : Clay and limestone soil just a few kilometres from the reputed Etang de Thau (salted water lagoon) overlooking the Mediterranean town of Sète.
VINIFICATION : Grapes are harvested at 12°- 13° maturity
Skin maceration for several hours
Selection of drained juice after undergoing pneumatic pressure.
Cold double decantation.
Thermoregulated fermentation at 16°C
No malolactic fermentation.