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Marchand & Burch Mixed 2014 Grand Cru Pack

Marchand & Burch

Our Price: $91.49  / bottle (RRP: $141.65) Case: 6 x 750 ml
'There's a core of fruit sweetness which soars above the abundant tannins. Terrific persistence. Lovely wine, already enjoyable but will undoubtedly reward keeping.'  
97 Points - Huon Hooke (Clos Vougeot)

  • Marchand & Burch was born from two men's mutual love of Pinot Noir. Owner, proprietor and chief winemaker from Western Australia's Howard Park winery, Jeff Burch, was holidaying in Burgundy when he realised that his next door neighbour happened to also be a winemaking from the local area.

    Even more than just a Burgundian, his neighbour Pascal Marchand was a local legend, having been the chief winemaker  and biodynamic ambassador for  Domaine Comte Armand and Domaine De La Vougeraie.  

    Over many a long lunch, the two struck up a friendship and vowed to form a partnership of winemaking, both in Australian and in Burgundy, where they formed the Marchand & Burch label.

    Using fruit from Pascal's family holdings, the two have endeavoured to craft truly magical, and site specific Pinot Noir from some of the greatest holdings across the region. From Marsannay in the North, to the Grand Cru's of Corton and Clos Vougeout and the villages of Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne Romanee, the two have released some pretty astounding wines over the years.

    With the 2014 Burgundy vintage having just been released locally in Australia, we present the once in a lifetime opportunity to taste these wines in the form of Marchand & Burch French collection Grand Cru Tasting Pack. A breathtaking study in to what makes each of the villages of Burgundy so brilliant, so different and so desirable.

    Considering that Burgundy is some of the most expensive agricultural land in the world, finding a pack like this for anything short of a grand is unheard of. Very limited supply. Act fast to avoid disappointment.

    Each case contains one bottle of the following wines:

    2014 Marchand & Burch Marsannay
    2014 Marchand & Burch Morey-Saint-Denis
    2014 Marchand & Burch Beaune Clos du Roi Premier Cru
    2014 Marchand & Burch Gevrey-Chambertin
    2014 Marchand & Burch Vosne-Romanee
    2014 Marchand & Burch Clos Vougeot Grand Cru


  • TASTING NOTES  

    "The 2014 Marchand & Burch French Pinot Noirs in general have lovely red fruit characters, with scents and flavours of raspberries, strawberries, red cherries and touches of violets. They nicely display the typical characters of their terroir, with the scented Pinot perfume of Vosne-Romanee and Clos Vougeot, and the delicate rose petals of Marsannay.   On the other hand the Morey-St-Denis 2014 has typical 'fields and forest', gently earthy 'sauvage' aromas and flavours; the Gevrey-Chambertin is more firmly rich and full flavoured, and the Beaune Premier Cru Clos du Roi shows the typical soft, stylish fruit of Beaune €¦Overall the 2014 reds are already attractive and elegant, with expressive terroir flavours and soft tannins, approachable now yet with good medium aging potential."
    Steven Leslie

    1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Marsannay (90 points - Huon Hooke)
    The 2014 Marchand & Burch Marsannay has an attractive limpid crimson colour with delicate red fruit characters, and aromas of rose petals and herbs; the palate is supple, with gentle flavours of darker berries and fruit pastilles, with a lightly toasty and light tannin finish which will soften nicely with time. This is well balanced, savoury and approachable.

    1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Morey-Saint-Denis (91 points - Campbell Mattinson; 90 points - Huon Hooke)
    The dark, gently brooding colour leads into perfumed and lightly gamey aromas of wild strawberries and darker cherries. The palate opens with matching up front flavours, with sweet fruit and gently firm tannins, this has the typical Morey earthy €œsauvage € characters (like walking through a forest after the rain) to complement duck with cherries, and it has excellent ageing potential.

    1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Beaune Clos du Roi Premier Cru (93 points - Gary Walsh; 91 points - Huon Hooke)
    Gently earthy, classically rich and soft fruit from the ancient King's vineyard, with touches of minerality and the ethereal scent of the neighbouring commune of Savigny les Beaune. Lovely weight and texture, with the complexity befitting a premier cru vineyard, perfumed and layered with savoury tannins. Uncork the bottle or decant ahead of drinking, it opens up to become more enticing given time.

    1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Gevrey-Chambertin (95 points - Huon Hooke; 91 points - Gary Walsh)
    Deep limpid colour, with classic savoury aromas of dark cherries, and notes of leather and brambly earth. Typically Gevrey-Chambertin finely rich fruit and layered tannins, with lightly smoky and spicy oak, it is already drinking enjoyably but has the balance to develop medium weight earthy and gamey aromas over 5 years.

    1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Vosne-Romanee (93 points - Huon Hooke; 92 points - Gary Walsh)
    Intense crimson colour. A voluptuous perfume of silky red and black plum fruit, spice and violets, with underlying gentle power, yet delicate and scented. The palate offers lovely Vosne Romanee sweet texture, with medium bodied exotic fruit married with lightly creamy oak, opening up over time, with nicely integrated tannins. This delivers well above its village appellation, and has a long finish which promises good ageing potential.

    1x 2014 Marchand & Burch Clos Vougeot Grand Cru (97 points - Huon Hooke; 95 points - Gary Walsh)
    Classic sweet blueberry and velvet characters and texture of Clos de Vougeot, sourced from the best part of the vineyard above the Clos itself. Strikingly deep bright purple red colour, with aromas of spiced dark cherries, hints of earth, and a rich and ripe textured palate balanced by the use of 50% lightly toasted oak; the layered and balanced smoky fruit flavours and fine tannin texture shows plenty of promise for the future. Can be cellared for a decade plus.


    WINEMAKING NOTES

    2014 Marchand & Burch French Collection Marsannay

    Marsannay is the most northern appellation of the Cote de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy.   Encompassing the villages of Marsanny-la-Cote, Chenove and Couchey, Marsannay is often referred to as the €œgolden gate € to the Côte d'Or.   The Pinot Noir from Marsannay combines approachability and fruit-forwardness with a firm structural backbone and subtle earth and mineral characters to provide both pleasing enjoyment and enticing complexity.   The wines represent some of the best value available today in the most revered area of Burgundy

    Vineyards

    The most northern appellation of the Cote de Nuits, this wine is a blend of three plots on the north of Marsannay (the coolest part of the appellation): Les Vaudenelles, Les Echezeaux ( East facing, in between of the Combe Grandvau, and the Combe du Pré, well ventilated, late harvest) and Les Finottes (right underneath  Echezeaux).

    Vinification

    100% de-stemmed bunches, five days of cold maceration, two 'pigeage' a day at the start of the alcoholic fermentation, then pump-overs during the maceration for a gentle extraction.
    Total vatting  time: 15 days
    Pressing: Pneumatic press

    Ageing

    16  months of ageing in French oak barrels.  One racking after malolatic fermentation. Bottled without any fining or filtration. All of the ageing operations are carried out according to the lunar calendar.

    2014 Marchand & Burch French Collection Morey-Saint-Denis

    Morey-St-Denis is a commune and corresponding appellation in the Cote de Nuits sub-region of Burgundy.   The vast majority of production is Pinot Noir, with only a tiny amount of vineyard land planted to Chardonnay.   Its position between the legendary neighbouring villages of Gevrey-Chambertin and Chambolle-Musigny bears some telling relevance to the style and quality of its wines.   The style of an archetypal Morey-Saint-Denis wine is a mid-point between the firm, substantial style of Gevrey-Chambertin and the bold, but slightly more open, perfumed style of Chambolle-Musigny.  

    Vineyards

    A blend of three different vineyards : "Pierre Virant" on top of the hill, "Cognés" and "Crais" at the bottom of the hill.

    Vinification

    100 % destemmed, 18 days maceration with "pigeage" at the beginning and then pumpovers at the end.

    Ageing

    16 months in neutral French oak.  Bottled with no fining and no filtration.



    2014 Marchand & Burch French Collection Beaune Clos du Roi 1er Cru

    Clos du Roi is a Premier Cru vineyard at the northern end of the Beaune appellation in Burgundy.   Pascal Marchand owns and carefully tends some rows of vines in this vineyard, utilising the Biodynamic practices he has honed over his three decades in Burgundy.   Clos du Roi means €œKings Enclosure € in French €“ this vineyard was claimed for the crown by King Louis XI following the death of Charles the Bold, the last duke of Burgundy, in the 15th Century.   The soil in the vineyard is not particularly fertile; the Pinot Noir vines struggle against the elements and as a result produce small berries with concentrated fruit characters resulting in complex wines with intensity and structure.   Beaune Premier Cru wines offer some of the best value currently available in Burgundy €“ we have only a single barrel of this wine from Pascal's estate holdings.

    Vineyards

    Our vineyard is the original Clos surrounded by the original stony wall right at the bottom of the Marconnets vineyard. This vineyard used to be part of an ancient estate once belonging to the Burgundy dukes, annexed by king Louis XI after the death of Charles le Téméraire.

    Vinification

    100% de-stemmed bunches.
    Total vatting time : 18 days
    Pressing : Pneumatic press

    Ageing

    16 months of ageing in  French oak casks. 40% new, light and long soft toast, from Tronçais and Allier forests. One racking before bottling without any fining or filtration.  All of the ageing operations are carried out according to the lunar calendar.


    2014 Marchand & Burch French Collection Gevrey-Chambertin

    Gevrey-Chambertin is one of the world's most famous and prestigious wine villages.   Of the 31 Grand Cru vineyards in Burgundy €“ 9 are in Gevrey, the most of any one village. The quality that is readily apparent in these esteemed sites flows down to the village wines from the plots which surround the town to the North and East.   Our 2014 Vintage Gevrey-Chambertin expresses well some of the signature traits of the village €“ intensity, precision, concentration and structure, while its inherent balance renders it both attractive and approachable.

    Vineyard

    Wine coming from four parcels: Les Pressonniers, Les  Crais, Jouise and Les Seuvrées

    Vinification
    Harvested by hand.  100% destemmed bunches.  Short, cold maceration, one"pigeage" a day at the start of the alcoholic fermentation, then pump-overs during maceration for a gentle extraction
    Total vatting time:  23 days
    Pressing: Vertical press

    Ageing

    18 months total elevage.  20% new oak from the Allier, Jupilles, Fontainebleau and Nevers forests  (light and long soft toast)
    One racking during the ageing. No filtration, no fining.
    All the ageing operations are carried out according to the lunar calendar.


    2014 Marchand & Burch French Collection Vosne-Romanee

    The village of Vosne-Romanee has been producing coveted wines of exquisite quality for over one thousand years.   In 1866 the small village of Vosne appended the name of its signature vineyard, La Romanee, which today is one of the 6 prized Grand Cru vineyards of the village.   The commune is located in the engine room of the Côte de Nuits and the village level wines offer an accessible entrée to a sublime style of Pinot Noir.   Vosne-Romanee wines are renowned for their complexity of flavour and perfect balance between delicacy and intensity €“ they have great structure and the 2014's will reveal their charms further with time in the cellar.

    Vineyards
    Blend of two vineyard plots toward Nuits-Saints-Georges; Les Jacqines and Aux Ravioles and one plot on the north, Les Hautes-Mazières.

    Vinification

    100% de-stemmed bunches. Short cold maceration.  Two 'pigeage' a day during the alcoholic fermentation, then short pump-overs during maceration post alcoholic fermentation
    Total vatting time: 21 days
    Pressing: Pneumatic press

    Ageing

    21 months of ageing in French oak barrel. 30% of new French oak barrels from Allier,  Jupilles and Fontainebleau forests (light and long soft toast).
    One racking before bottling with no filtration and  no fining. All the ageing operations are carried out according to the lunar calendar.


    2014 Marchand & Burch French Collection Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

    The famous walled vineyard of Clos de Vougeot is the largest Grand Cru site in the Côtes de Nuits sub region of Burgundy, and was classified Grand Cru in 1937.   It is probably the most unique and controversial Grand Cru vineyard in Burgundy €“ over 80 different Domaines and families own plots in the vineyard and it is a subject of fierce debate whether the entire vineyard epitomises the ultimate quality designated by the appellation of Grand Cru.   Pascal's vines are in a prized upper section of the vineyard called Le Grand Maupertuis, close to the neighbouring village of Echezeaux.

    Vineyards

    Situated in the upper part of the Clos on the Echezeaux side and just below the Château du Clos de Vougeot.

    Vinification

    100% de-stemmed bunches, five days of cold maceration, two 'pigeage' a day at the start of the alcoholic fermentation, then pump-overs during the maceration for a gentle extraction.
    Total vatting  time: 21 days
    Pressing: Pneumatic press

    Ageing

    20 months of ageing in French oak barrels. 50% new, light and long soft toast from Allier  and Jupilles  forests. One racking after malolatic fermentation. Bottled without any fining or filtration. All of the ageing operations are carried out according to the lunar calendar.

  • 2014 Marchand & Burch Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

    Deepish red colour with a good purple tint. The bouquet is autumnal, forest floor, savoury and leaf-litter. Red cherry underneath. The wine has a delicious flavour and palate texture, which is soft and gently fruit-sweet with finesse and seamlessness. The tannins are very fine. There's a core of fruit sweetness which soars above the abundant tannins. Terrific persistence. Lovely wine, already enjoyable but will undoubtedly reward keeping.'

    97 Points - Huon Hooke

    'Tasting next to the village wines, the jump in quality is pronounced. Clos Vougeot can be a bit hit and miss (it's BIG), but €œPascal's vines are in a prized upper section of the vineyard called Le Grand Maupertuis, close to the neighbouring village of Echezeaux €, which is just below the Chateau. 50% new oak here with no whole bunches.

    Cherry and red berries, earth,  clove and star anise, dried flower and herb perfume. Medium bodied, ripeness and impact as it hits the mouth, tannin is firm and almost gravelly, layers of spice and cherry flavour, backed with toasty oak and earthy bass notes. Tannin rumbles on a long finish. Lovely. And of course, you can buy a single bottle, and know it's not going to be stuffed when you open it.'
    95 Point - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

    2014 Marchand & Burch Gevrey Chambertin

    'Deepish red/purple hue and a smoky, slightly charred-vegetable aroma, the palate medium to full-bodied and firmly structured, with a dry grip to finish, and a subtle core of partly concealed fruit sweetness. This needs time, and will reward cellaring.'
    95 Points - Huon Hooke

    '
    Sourced from four vineyards €“ Les Pressionniers, Les Crais, Jouise and Seuvrees €“ of different soil types. Gets 20% new oak and no whole bunch.

    Some toasty oak spice, cherry and red fruits, with a whiff of violet. Medium bodied, tart, gently reductive and spicy, perhaps a little light on in the mid-palate, but finishes well enough with a rasp of tannin and decent length. Not bad at all. It has charm and a high level of drinking appeal. And the screwcap is a big plus.'
    91 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

    2014 Marchand & Burch Vosne Romanee

    'Deepish red/purple colour; the bouquet spicy and strawberry jam-like. It's lean-ish and sinewy in the mouth, with a tight tannin grip and medium length, with just a little fruit-sweetness evident on the day. This could benefit from some aging. Very good - and different.'
    93 Points - Huon Hooke

    '
    It irritates me when 'wise' wine people say 'All roads lead to Burgundy'. Well, for me at least, it's 'Autres Directions', though I will admit to buying a few bottles every now and then, and do enjoy drinking OPB (Other People's Burgundy).

    Roses and red cherry, some earth and Chinese five spice, and you'd have to say it delivers the Vosne message pretty clearly. Light to medium bodied, crisp again, fresh strawberry acidity, a lattice work of tannin dragged slowly through the mouth, and a fresh finish with plenty of energy and nice length.  Very enjoyable.'
    92 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

    2014 Marchand & Burch Beaune Clos du Roi 1er Cru

    '
    From Pascal Marchand's estate holdings.

    Earthy, juicy cherry, vanilla and spice. Light to medium bodied, firm and maybe a bit bony, good push of tannin through the mouth, delicious earthy cherry flavour, then a cranberry juice crunchiness to the clean long finish. Super drinking here, and offers a bit of X-Factor too.'
    93 Points - Gary Walsh, The Wine Front

    'Medium to deep red/purple colour, with a faded flowers bouquet, a hint of fresh soil and smoked charcuterie. The palate is lighter-weighted and lean-ish, slightly sinewy, savoury, dry at the finish, with moderate length. Good flavour.'
    91 Points - Huon Hooke


    2014 Marchand & Burch Morey-Saint-Denis

    'Deep, youthful red/purple colour. The bouquet is oaky and walnutty, very savoury and non-fruity. It's medium to full-bodied and has good depth of flavour, softness and savouriness. There is some fruit-sweetness buried within. The aftertaste is very dry. It needs time to express its fruit and terroir.  '
    90 Points - Huon Hooke

    ' €œA blend of three different vineyards: €œPierre Virant € on top of the hill, €œCognés € and €œCrais € at the bottom of the hill. € 100% de-stemmed.

    Volume and finesse. There's plenty to be engaged by here. It's a ribald expression of red and black cherry flavours with more floral, mineral, liquid graphite and animale influences also fighting for centre stage. Tannin is earthen and dry  but essentially at one with the overall wine. It's a good wine; very good; if not quite outstanding. '
    91 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    2014 Marchand & Burch Marsannay

    'From the Marchand & Burch website: €œThe most northern appellation of the Cote de Nuits, this wine is a blend of three plots on the north of Marsannay (the coolest part of the appellation): Les Vaudenelles, Les Echezeaux ( East facing, in between of the Combe Grandvau, and the Combe du Pré, well ventilated, late harvest) and Les Finottes (right underneath  Echezeaux).

    Savoury pinot noir. Well formed. Almost crisp. Earth and beetroot, dark cherry and satiny vanilla. It gives it up at first but quickly turns tight, sinewy, savoury. Good drinking.'
    89 Points - Campbell Mattinson, The Wine Front

    'Deepish red/purple colour, bright and youthful. The bouquet is savoury and earthy, dried undergrowth, dried flowers and fresh clean soil. The wine is fresh and zesty with elevated acidity (not unbalanced) and a very appetising, lively, refreshing aftertaste. A slighty leaner palate but still intense and quite long.'
    90 Points, Huon Hooke



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