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Domaine Christophe NEWMAN

The Newman family from New Orleans have been intimately involved in fine French wine production since the 1950’s . Chris’s father owned Château Lascombes in Bordeaux for a number of years and was closely associated with Alexis LICHINE . His initial vineyard acquisitions in Burgundy included Grands Crus Bonnes Mares , Mazis-Chambertin . Chris assumed control of the vineyards in the 1970’S after spending time on placement with some of the most renowned Burgundian Estates. He embarked on a replanting programme in 1972 and , in 2003 therefore , the vineyards had an average age of 30 years . In the late 90’s , Chris purchased other vines in Pommard and the Côte d de Beaune and in 2002 , he added the Premiers Crus of Avaux and Grèves in Beaune .

Chris prefers the vine to fend for itself and so the use of herbicides and pesticides are prohibited in favour of a more natural “ lutte raisonée” approach. From 2005 , Chris has been experimenting with organic and biodynamic approaches and was one of only a handful of Domaines to use caterpillar tractors in his vineyards : their relative lightness avoids compressing the soil and they can climb slopes that standard machines find impossible . The only drawback is that only one row at a time can be dealt with .

The grapes are picked manually and are destalked and left for a cool maceration in wooden and stainless steel vats at 13-15° C prior to fermentation which lasts between 7 and 13 days . The resulting wines are pure , uncluttered tonic examples of authentic Pinot Noir .

Côte de Beaune Grande Châtelaine : Colour : light ruby / Bouquet : lacy , rasberry-strawberry with peppery/smoky overtone / Palate : round and supple with fresh , savoury length.

Beaune AC : from the Lulune vineyard on the border with Pommard Colour : ruby Bouquet / mineral attack giving way to ripe raspberry and plum / Palate : chunky and robust with a good cloak of tannin over a rich vevety core

Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Avaux : Chris is one of only 3 proprietors in this Cru Colour : deep ruby Bouquet : spicy and alluring , liquorice and ripe blueberry/raspberry Palate : a dense and concentrated with a sleek , seemless texture , enduring , floral length

Beaune 1er Cru Les Grèves : high up on escarpment behind Beaune Colour : dense ruby / Bouquet : smoky veil with black cherry and finely tanned leather overtones/ Palate : powerful , mouthfilling broad structure with assertive tannin and a savoury , extremely long finish - a wine to keep .

Pommard : 2 origins with very old vines Colour : medium ruby / Bouquet : enticing rich/sweet black cherry jam / Palate : mouthfilling , soft and ample with velvet texture . rich , savoury length

Mazis-Chambertin : Colour : deep ruby / Bouquet : charming , multilayered and complex - flares of violet , wild rose and bramble jam / Palate : finely woven silky texture belies the density of this wine – a truly ethereal equilibrium with a tumbling vortex of floating aromas on the finish

Bonnes-Mares 2 separate plots Colour : garnet / Bouquet : latent power – polished wood , finely tanned leather and truffles
Palate : power and glory – a rich , broad , generous palate with velvet texture and swelling liquorice-driven length.

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Bouchon de vin de Bourgogne
When a conscientious grower cultivates a prime vineyard site and also has a solid grounding in methods of vinification and ageing wine, a more...
Cultivates a prime vineyard site and also has a solid grounding in methods of vinification and ageing wine, a more authentic, more character...
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