From the Importer: Alain and Isabelle Hasard are courageous souls. Formerly office-workers in Paris, they purchased vineyards in the Couchois (Bourgogne Côtes du Couchois) to start a new career as modest Burgundian winemakers. Ten years later, they leapt at the opportunity to acquire a property in the Côte Chalonnaise, and are now producing wines in such respected Burgundian appellations as Mercurey and Rully. Their progress toward the Cote d’Or, that most coveted destination, was marked by another milestone in 2010, with their new bottling of Monthélie.
Knowing that it isn’t easy to work in biodynamics, especially in Burgundy, the Hasarsd showed their strong strength of characters by adopting the practice from the very beginning. The wines of Domaine les Champs de l’Abbaye are impeccable representations of their respective appellations
We're proud to offer a selection of our favorite Burgundies in organic and biodynamic agriculture, emphasizing those that represent the best value, and featuring new arrivals from our friends Isabelle and Alain Hasard at "Les Champs de L'Abbaye" in the Côte Chalonnaise. Although a handful of the top estates in Burgundy, such as DRC and Leroy, are now practicing biodynamic farming, the vast majority of the region's domains remain "conventional," using herbicides and systemic pesticdes and fungicides. We feel that the link between healthy soils and better wine is indisputable and we strongly support estates who protect their soils, their ecosystems, and their employees from the effects of systemic chemicals. We're particularly happy to support those smaller estates in Burgundy, whose vigneron(ne)s are in the vines themsleves performing the difficult chores of organic farming, and who offer their beautiful wines at modest prices.
Certified organic since 1999, and practising biodynamic methods as well, Les Champs de l'Abbaye is making vibrant wines from their excellent parcels in the Côte Chalonnaise, primarily in Aluze, Mercurey and Rully, as well as an exuberant Monthélie "Les Sous Roches." The Hasards prune for very low yields producing reds with superb intensity of fruit that remain relatively light on the palate and are balanced by bright acidity. The Bourgogne Blanc and Rully "Les Cailloux" are far from the usual plump and fruity Chardonnays - these are real wines of terroir with subtle fruit, prominent mineral flavors and firm acidity somewhat in the style of the Chablis of De Moor. Anyone who enjoys Burgundy should discover the wines of Les Champs de l'Abbaye which offer sensational value and superb food-friendly enjoyment, both for current drinking and five to ten years of cellaring!
Marcoeurs, Calcareous soil with shell debris, red ferruginous soil. East-South-East exposure. Just under the 1er Miglands plots. Total area: 0.78 ha – Age: 15 and 40 years – performance: 20 hl/ha. Natural yeast – fermenting GST: 12 days with 5 days of natural-pre-fermentation maceration. Aging: 12 months in barrels, 20% new.
*note, needs decanting or cellar for another year or two.
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