It's always great to meet young winemaking talent that has just received the baton from their Father in line with tradition and when you meet Bertrand or should I say the two Bertrands (both Father and Son are called Bertrand) you get to understand at first hand the importance of the link and the bond that each generation has with the next. We mostly drink the wine without realising the generations that stand behind the label, those that have worked a lifetime of toil in the vineyards at the mercy of mother nature but it reminds me how important the link with the past is and how knowledge is slowly released to the new generation. It reminds me of something I read a few years ago...
"Wine is born of life and nourished through a thousand capillaries of the real world. The man who looks around him sizing up the climate queries billions of years. He who contemplates the soil as it crumbles between his fingers seeks an answer from eons. And it is the hard work of millennia that has given us the multitude of grapes, together with each moment of making the wine, the art that is handed down from one generation to the next"
It certainly rings true at this Domaine and young Bertand has adapted quickly to his task and is clearly very passionate about his role as the new head of the family vineyards albeit closely watched over by Bertrand the elder. At this Domaine there is a real zest for the Maranges Appellation especially as the cellar is located in the picturesque village of Dezize-Les-Maranges set amongst the steep slopes of the Maranges vines. On tasting all his wines we had a real dilemma about which wines not to buy as they are all good but in particular, we think his Maranges 1er Cru reds are particularly impressive.