Chablis & Irancy

Maison DE LA CHAPELLE

Irancy

Delphine & Grégory Viennois are changing the way the world sees Irancy and producing concentrated, deeply fruited wines which are at once recognisably Burgundian as well as distinctive in their own right.

Background

We are extremely pleased and excited to be bringing these wines to the UK for the first time. Although Irancy isn’t a household name this northern neighbour of Chablis has enjoyed something of a revolution in quality recently and attracted the attention of Neal Martin amongst other critics. The steeply sloped vineyards produce classically light and fresh Pinot from Kimmeridgian soils similar to those found in Chablis. Maison de la Chapelle, the personal project of Delphine & Grégory Viennois (Grégory is technical director of Domaine Laroche in Chablis), is at the forefront of this revolution, producing wines of uncommon depth and perfume from some of Irancy’s finest sites.    Winemaking is traditional and hands off. Fermentation with natural yeasts takes place in cement before the wines are moved to 3rd and 4th fill barrels to mature.  After maturing for 12 months the wines are bottled unfined and unfiltered.

“These wines are simply delicious; I feel the urge to make an order!”

Bill Nanson www.burgundyreport.com

“Maison de la Chapelle is the personal project of Grégory Viennois—technical director of Laroche—and his wife Delphine. Specializing in Irancy, these are rich, succulent reds, framed by powdery tannins and carrying an elegant patina from used oak barrels that situates them among the more contemporary expressions of the appellation. I was very impressed by these debut releases and warmly welcome another serious exponent of this unique village’s vineyards.”

William Kelly Wine Advocate Issue 244 August 2019

Current Vintages

Red WinesVintage
A blend of four climats, Paradis, Renouel, Beaux Monts and Bâtardes from vines aged between 30 and 50 years. 10% whole bunch. Indigenous yeast ferments. Aged 50% in cement, 50% in old barrels. Bottled with no fining or filtration. "Lots of colour despite pure pinot. A nice width of aroma with a little floral component. Mouth-filling, lots of concentration but fresh energy foo – there’s no fat here, just an ingraining flavour. Long, almost a chewy extract in the finish – almost a graphite style of mineral finish. To wait for, this is serious wine – Excellent!" Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report March 2019
2017
35-year-old vines planted on a steeply sloping, 45o, south facing site, thin clay over Kimmeridgian limestone. 100% 3- & 4-year-old barrels. "Similar depth of colour, perhaps a little lighter – the extra whole clusters perhaps. A different style of nose – deeper, darker fruit. More energy, more dynamic wine – again a depth of minerality that’s dark and almost graphitic, but essentially a more dynamic with the merest touch of oak in the flavours. A weightier flavour in the finish. The tannin has a little textural grab but there’s hardly a grain. Top!" Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report March 2019
2017
30-year-old vines planted on a north west facing slope. 100% 3- & 4-year-old barrels. "Ooh – deeper colour again. Hmm – a little almond note – like a Grands Echézeaux – dark, richer cherry fruit supporting this. More sweetness, but with drive, energy, acidity. An intensity of flavour here but with sufficient cushioning that it’s not sharp. Slowly mouth-watering in the finish, the graphite on a lower order but here is great wine." Bill Nanson, Burgundy Report March 2019
2017
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