Maranges is the southernmost wine-producing commune of the Cote de Beaune in Burgundy, taking its name from the three villages within its catchment area: Cheilly-les-Maranges, Dezize-les-Maranges and Sampigny-les-Maranges. The Maranges appellation produces medium-bodied red wines from Pinot Noir, which are best consumed within a few years of vintage. White wines made from Chardonnay are permitted under the appellation laws, but are produced only in very small quantities.
Vincent Charleux, based in the tiny village of Dezize-les-Maranges (less than 200 inhabitants and no village commerce other than winemakers!) took over the 10 hectare (25 acre) Domaine from Maurice in 2008 and became the fifth generation of winemaker in the family. The Domaine splits production 85/15% red/white. The vineyards are worked on the basis of sustainable practices. Yields are kept low, and quality high, by reducing buds, green harvesting and severe sorting at harvest time, which is entirely manual. Ageing is in oak, of which 15-25% is new from Village to 1er Cru wines. Gone are the days of heavy, hard tannic red wines from Maranges. Modern winemaking allows top winemakers like Charleux to produce more accessible, wines with more breadth and intensity without the interminable and often frustrating wait for tannins to soften. 2011 has produced very approachable, generous reds with very good minerality and depth that begin to drink well 2-3 years after harvest. The whites are a revelation. Very few in number, they are quite unique and “Terroir” driven. A deft touch of oak adds richness, but the wines remain vibrant with distinct texture and white fruit and acacia hints. They add an extra dimension to white Burgundy lovers experience of top Chardonnay.
Maranges 1er Cru Blanc “La Fussiere”
Maranges Rouge Vieilles Vignes
Maranges 1er Cru Rouge “La Fussiere”