Maranges "Sur le Chêne"
Chevrot owns four hectares of Pinot Noir in this climat; he uses only the best fruit for this cuvée. The plots face south and are rich in limestone, gravel and decomposed sand from granite. The river, la Cozanne, which made this soil, crosses a granitic canyon. The granitic sand in this soil gives the wine a different expression, notably in the acidity.
The grapes are sorted and stems are tasted and a portion are kept for the fermentation. Fermentation involves only natural yeasts, sees no added SO2, and there is no cold maceration. Aging begins in barrel and the wine is racked clean and put back into older barrels (5-10 years) in mid-summer, where it is aged until it is racked and blended in December. It stays in tank for one month and is racked one last time the day of bottling (mid-January) in order to have a homogeneous cuvée. There is no fining and no filtration, and the level of SO2 is as low as possible, just to guarantee the stability of the wine.