Michel Mallard is Director & Winemaker of Domaine d’Eugenie.
Situated in Vosne-Romanee, the production of the 4.5 hectares are divided between six reds and a trickle of white.
“Burgundy is about vineyards but there is also a human aspect in the terroir. We work as a a team – my colleagues and I. Pinot Noir has reacted well to global warming. Our 4.5-hectare vineyard is 100% biodynamic,” Michel Mallard informed in the cellar.
Domaine d’Eugenie is owned by Artemis Domaines, proprietor also of Chateau Latour, Chateau Grillet and Clos de Tart. All are owned by the French tycoon Francois Pinault.
Michel Mallard is Director & Winemaker of Domaine d’Eugenie
The 4.5 hectares are divided between six reds and a trickle of white
Domaine d’Eugenie Vosne-Romanee 2020 to
This is the only red of the domaine that is a blend from different vineyards. The fruit is from young vines of the five single vineyards, including Grand Crus. No sulphur is used during vinification and 30% is whole-cluster, meaning the fermentation involves pressing entire bunches of grapes – stems and all – as opposed to de-stemming the bunches. Sulphur is also not used after the malolactic fermentation. Raspberry fruit of good persistence and length. Very fresh (in spite of 2020 being one of the warmest vintages) and balanced. Twenty percent new oak with the wine about 12 months in barrel.
Domaine d’Eugenie Vosne-Romanee Clos d’Eugenie 2020
Floral, wild strawberries and raspberries of good intensity. Drive and energy supported by elegant tannins. Fifty percent whole-cluster. Thirty percent new oak. Clos d’Eugenie is just behind the office and winery. A mere 3 metres separate the clos from Grand Cru La Tache. Thirteen to fourteen months in oak.
Domaine d’Eugenie Vosne-Romanee Premier Cru Aux Brulees 2020
Floral, red fruit and sandalwood. More grip here. Seventy percent whole-cluster. This was still in barrel when I visited on 19 January 2022. The wine will spend about 15 months in oak, 50% of which is new.
Domaine d’Eugenie Echezeaux 2020
Wild strawberries and raspberries. Intensity of fruit, with the structure quite in front at the moment. Seventy percent whole-cluster and 50% new oak.
Domaine d’Eugenie Grand Echezeaux 2020
Violets and wild strawberries of remarkable intensity, persistence, and length. Incredibly fresh. Seventy-five percent whole-cluster.
Domaine d’Eugenie Clos de Vougeot 2020
The 1.4-hectare vineyard, one of the last to ripen, is at the top left of the famed Chateau du Clos de Vougeot of the Cistercian order. Powerful, taut, and masculine. Eighteen months – the longest – in oak.