Domaine de Cassiopée is re-imagining the potential of Maranges, one of Burgundy’s humble outlier appellations.
After honing their craft at Domaines Mugnier and Roulot, 20-somethings Talloulah Dubourg and Hugo Mathurin took over a 5ha domaine in the deep south of the Côte de Beaune in January 2020.
Buoyed by rising local temperatures, the couple saw the potential of Maranges’ windy, forest-adjacent plots - an appellation traditionally regarded as being too cold to produce ‘fine’ artisanal wines, where crops were mostly sold off in bulk.
Their dedication to high quality organic farming techniques has transformed these old-vine hillsides into one of Burgundy’s most exciting new terroirs.
The jewel in their crown is ‘Les Plantes’, a plot of 110-year-old Pinot Noir surrounding the family home, matching a rich perfume of forest fruits and roses with a silky texture with mineral clarity.
This impressive debut from the excellent 2020 Burgundy vintage is already drinking beautifully but should gain layers of complexity over the next decade, and has great reviews from critics and drinkers alike.
Cassiopée Maranges ‘Les Plantes’ 2020 (£55/£110) Sold out
A lifted perfume of sweet red berries threaded with exotic floral and spice notes. Bright and energetic, showing lip-smacking fruit purity and fine, supple tannins. Drink to 2030+.
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