Maranges, Burgundy, France
Established in December 2017, this 2.70-hectare domaine, which is perched on the hill of a small Burgundy village called Dezize-lès-Maranges, is the result of unexpected encounters, hard work and lucky star.
The appellation Les Maranges, which is situated in Côte de Beaune at the foot of the Montagne des Trois Croix, encompasses 3 villages: Dezize-lès-Maranges, Sampigny-lès-Maranges and Cheilly-lès-Maranges. From an agricultural and ecological point of view, this appellation is one of the most diversified of the Côte de Beaune thanks to its woods, rivers, pastures, livestock farming, wild fauna, hills and valleys. These valuable characteristics require a lot of care.
In order to respect the lifeblood cycle and improve their immune defence system, Fiona Leroy has opted for Guyot Poussard pruning. All the vineyards are under organic management. Fiona is committed to preserving fauna and flora diversity in the parcels, and therefore, synthetic fertilisers, herbicides, pesticides are never used. She only uses biodynamic preparations (horn manure, silica) and works in tune with the phases of the moon and the planet.
In order to fight against diseases such as Mildiew and Oidium, She would use copper and sulphur in combination with infusions and decoctions (horsetail, nettle, achillea). Only manual work is used in the vineyards and we use a small caterpillar tractor to carry out treatments and ploughing.
No new oak barrels are used, neither for the white nor for the red wines. In order to keep the characteristics of the wine and its terroir, no oenological yeast is added, no oenological product is used apart from low doses of sulfur to protect the wine from potential bacteria, when it is necessary.
Reds are fully destemmed except few exceptions like Maranges 1er Cru Clos des Loyers 2018 that Fiona fermented with 70% whole cluster.