Simply delicious – Maison de la Chapelle Irancy

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

Bill Nanson –

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 Chablis. Maison de la Chapelle, the personal project of Delphine & Grégory Viennois (Grégory is technical director of Domaine Laroche in Chablis and worked with Jean-Pierre de Smet at Domaine de l’Arlot), is at the forefront of this revolution, producing wines of uncommon depth and perfume from some of Irancy’s finest sites.

Grégory and Delphine’s philosophy is simple: they rent old vines in some of Irancy’s best sites, harvest the best grapes and work with as little technology as possible. They make three wines, a village blend and two single site bottlings. Everything is handpicked and sorted before partial destemming and fermentation in wooden vat. The single climat wines are matured in 3rd and 4th fill barrels before bottling with only the lightest filtration. This small scale and attention to detail it affords is apparent in the outstanding quality of the wines.

We are excited to be bringing these wines to the UK for the first time. They offer a distinctive yet familiar take on Burgundian pinot noir. They show beautiful perfume, a heady mix of flowers, fruit and earth that is pinot at its most expressive. Light in body with refreshing acidity and pure fruit they are a joy to drink now but will develop and add weight in the bottle, especially the Beaux Monts and Bâtardes. Quantities are small, so please let us know what you would like as soon as possible. Mixed cases are no problem and orders over 12 bottles will be delivered free of charge*.

Irancy 2017

£18.95 per bottle including VAT (limited availability)

A blend of four climats, Paradis, Renouel, Beaux Monts and Bâtardes from vines aged between 30 and 50 years. Aged 50% in cement, 50% in old barrels. Rich, with lovely primary fruit and super concentration alongside a cool freshness and grip. Refreshing and bursting with cranberry and red cherry fruit. Went brilliantly with a Cassoulet recently and would be equally good with Pâté and Charcuterie. Drink now to 2022+

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

Irancy Les Bâtardes 2017

£23.70 per bottle including VAT (Sold Out)

30-year-old vines planted on a north west facing slope. 100% 3- & 4-year-old barrels. This cool site gives a very fine, ethereal wine. The mix of flower perfume, rose, violet, alongside the pure, lifted cherry of the Bâtardes really stopped me in my tracks. I am sure the limestone shows in these wines, they have a cool, grippy finesse which supports the sweetness of the fruit so well. Again, glorious now, but should gain complexity and improve over ten years.

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

Irancy Les Beaux Monts 2017
limited availability
£23.70 per bottle including VAT
35-year-old vines planted on a steeply sloping south facing site, thin clay over Kimmeridgian limestone. 100% 3- & 4-year-old barrels. Les Beaux Monts is refined, beautifully textured and balanced. Full of sweet dark cherry fruit, chalky minerality and alluring violets it is lovely now, but I suspect it could age for 10 years with absolutely no problem at all.

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

I urge you to try these wines, they are both familiar to wines from the Cote d’Or whilst being distinctive and exciting wines in their own right. They show that even in an area as well trodden as Burgundy there are still new discoveries to uncover and flavours to enjoy. Bravo!

To order please just click here or call 0203 215 0011 and let us know what you would like.

Orders over one dozen bottles will be delivered free of charge.