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Côte Chalonnaise

Domaine Laurent COGNARD


With an altruistic twinkle in his hazel eyes and his imposing stature , Laurent is destined to become a force to be reckoned with in the white Burgundy echelons . Born in 1975 , he exudes confidence and drive and he has a crystal clear understanding of what constitutes a great Chardonnay de terroir . His formative years were spent as wine consultant for the fine wine section of a major brewery in Lyon and then a stint as commercial agent for Champagne BILLECART SALMON in Paris . This gave him a solid grounding in matters of marketing and sales .

In 2004 , he returned home to Buxy permanently to take over his parents’ vineyards - the produce of which had been hitherto delivered to the local cooperative . He tends 7 hectares and revamped the vines , weening them progressively onto a natural sustainable model involving much ploughing to drive the roots deeper into the terroir . He only uses environmentally friendly treatments and sprays . 80% of the Montagny 1er Crus are fermented in cask of which a majority are large 500 litre barrels (1/3 rd new oak each year ) which temper the uptake of the vanilla flavours into the wine . The remainder is aged in stainless steel tank to add zing and freshness to the wine .

His flagship wine is the Montagny 1er Cru Les Bassets . He has exclusive ownership of the upper portion of the vineyard which can only be sold as Premier Cru . The lower section is merely village wine .

In 2012 a compact range of high quality, attractively packaged Crémant de Bourgogne were introduced under the CO label .

Montagny 1er Cru Les Bassets The vineyard lies within the village of Buxy in the Côte Chalonnaise ; clay and limestone soil oriented south east Average age of vines in 2007 : 25 years old Manual harvesting and all indigenous yeast No chaptalisation necessary This is a citrus fruit driven bouquet with fine flesh and midplate punch leading to a soft , fruity finish

Montagny 1er Cru Vieux Chateau : overlooking Buxy an a sheltered hillside but a stony , white limestone terroir
Which gives lime cordial and sherbet aromas with a precise , mouthwatering minerality and tremendously persistant zingy aftertaste

Vinification : gentle pressing in modern pneumatic press ; cold settling : 80% fermentation in 1 – 4 year old barrels (principally 500 litres) Remainder in stainless steel Bottling after 1 year

Montagny 1er Cru Cuvée “Maxence “ named after Laurent’s daughter The grapes are trained to a lower yield – 30 hectolitre per hectare and are harvested later to give full ripeness Fermentation and ageing 100% in new oak barrels with regular “bâtonnage”

Mercurey AC Les Ormeaux Eastern facing plot in Mercurey the terroir is composed of white stones makes for a coiled , mineral wine full of energy and vibrance

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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...
When a conscientious grower suroununding in methods of vinification and ageing wine, a more authentic, more characterful wine will result...


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