Lécheneaut

Domaine Lécheneaut

Founded in 1960 by Fernand Lécheneaut, the domaine started out with two and a half hectares of vineyards divided among the communes of Nuits-Saint-Georges, Chambolle-Musigny, and Morey-Saint-Denis. In 1985, Fernand passed away and his sons Philippe and Vincent took over. Their father had always sold wine in barrel and when the brothers took over, they were the first to bottle, making 1985 the first vintage with the Domaine Lécheneaut label.

We met with Vincent Lécheneaut in February 2018, and he explained that he and his brother gradually added more vineyards over the years and today they have ten hectares total, yielding about 5,000 cases in a normal year. The brothers were born in Morey-Saint-Denis, but their mother is from Nuits-Saint-Georges, so for a small family winery, they have quite a selection of vineyards from different villages in the Côte de Nuits. In addition to their inherited parcels, over the years they added old-vine parcels from Gevrey-Chambertin and Vosne-Romanée, and today, they make twenty cuvées total ranging from Bourgogne to Grand Cru. They have a nice range of village level wines from Morey-Saint-Denis, Chambolle-Musigny, Vosne-Romanée and Nuits-Saint-Georges—including some single-vineyard bottlings—as well as top 1er cru sites in Nuits-Saint-Georges (Damodes and Prulier). They also make a 1er Cru from Chambolle, and in Morey they own a tiny plot in Grand Cru Clos de la Roche which yields about 500 bottles per year.

While there is no denying that the Clos de Roche is thrilling, the beauty of the Lécheneaut lineup is the opportunity to taste wines from so many different villages made by the same vigneron. The wines have a lot of energy and offer a pure terroir expression. When the brothers started, they were young and Vincent admits to the overuse of new oak for the first several years, influenced by their first American importer, but in 2000 there was a significant shift in their approach, both in the vineyards and in the cellar. Since then, all work in the vineyards has been organic to protect the microbial life in the soil, and in regards to making wine, Vincent passionately explained to us that now, he is, “here to accompany the grapes, not to try and change them.”

After a strict sorting in the cellar, grapes are put into tank for fermentation. Up to 50% of whole clusters are kept, depending on the vintage. Fermentations start naturally within a week of harvest from yeasts found on the berries, and lasts up to three weeks, during which there are gentle pump overs and punch downs to break up the cap and to extract the most complexity from the terroir. Next the grapes are pressed, and the free-run juice and press juice are blended and put into barrel for eighteen months of aging (two winters in the cellar). Barrels are kept for four vintages and one third are purchased new each year. We are very excited to work with the Lécheneaut wines: they are excellent representations of the diverse terroirs of the Côte de Nuits.

Image PRODUCT Description Country / Region Region Materials

DB6120-15
Sustainable
Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Blanc
2015
Pinot Noir
SOLD OUT.  Situated on a hillside facing south at about 350 meters of altitude west of the “Côte”, the roots of the vines penetrate through... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6121-15
Sustainable
Bourgogne Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Rouge
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 Located on a hill facing south at about 350 meters in altitude, the vines cover the slope of a valley cutting into a plateau of... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6130-15
Sustainable
Chambolle-Musigny
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 This cuvée is sourced from a total of .10 hectares spread over several parcels: Chardannes, Herbues, Maladières and Babillère.... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6132-14
Sustainable
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru
2014
Pinot Noir
6/750 A blend of two vineyards: “Les Plantes” represents about a quarter of the blend, with the balance coming from "Les Borniques". These... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6133-15
Sustainable
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
2015
Pinot Noir
SOLD OUT. Clos de la Roche is highly chalky, with barely 30 centimeters of topsoil, strewn with a few pebbles and some large blocks of... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6131-15
Sustainable
Gevrey-Chambertin
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 This wine is a blend of equal parts from two parcels, Seuvrées and Charreux; the Lécheneauts farm a total of .11 hectares between... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6122-15
Sustainable
Marsannay "Les Sampagny"
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 The vineyards are located in the commune of Couchey, on a hillside facing east/southeast. Here, the soils date from the middle of the... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6122-14
Sustainable
Marsannay "Les Sampagny"
2014
Pinot Noir
6/750 The vineyards are located in the commune of Couchey, on a hillside facing east/southeast. Here, the soils date from the middle of the... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6123-15
Sustainable
Morey-Saint-Denis
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 This cuvée is sourced from several parcels, spread out over .22 hectares total: Pierres Virants is 80% of the blend, with the balance... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6124-15
Sustainable
Morey-Saint-Denis "Clos des Ormes"
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 These vineyards fall half under the appellation of “village” and half under the appellation of “1er Cru”, but all carry the name “le... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6124-14
Sustainable
Morey-Saint-Denis "Clos des Ormes"
2014
Pinot Noir
6/750 These vineyards fall half under the appellation of “village” and half under the appellation of “1er Cru”, but all carry the name “le... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6125-15
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 This cuvée is sourced from several parcels: Damodes, Saint Jacques, Herbues, Tuyaux, Belles Croix, Charmois and Chaliots (right-click... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6126-15
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges "Au Chouillet" Vieilles Vignes
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 The Lécheneauts farm .17 hectares of 68-year-old vines here; the soils are a combination of marl deposits and alluvial sediment from... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6126-14
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges "Au Chouillet" Vieilles Vignes
2014
Pinot Noir
6/750 The Lécheneauts farm .17 hectares of 68-year-old vines here; the soils are a combination of marl deposits and alluvial sediment from... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6127-15
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Damodes
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 From a total of .13 hectares. The 55-year-old vines grow in brown calcareous soils; the vineyard is peppered with chalky limestone... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6128-15
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 These 43-year-old vines grow at the base of the parcel, in dark brown to reddish brown silt and coarse limestone gravel.  2,700... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6128-14
Sustainable
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers
2014
Pinot Noir
6/750 These 42-year-old vines grow at the base of the parcel, in dark brown to reddish brown silt and coarse limestone gravel.  2,700... Read More
France Burgundy

DB6129-15
Sustainable
Vosne-Romanée
2015
Pinot Noir
6/750 Sourced from the lieu-dit Aux Ravioles, which is located at the bottom of the hill on lightly chalky soils mixed with marl and clay;... Read More
France Burgundy