Domaine Marc Roy
Supplier/Importer: Tenzing Imports
Region: Burgundy, France
This small domaine, even by Burgundy’s standards, of 4 hectares, is being directed since 2003 by the ambitious and young Alexandrine Roy, the forth generation to assume the reins at the family domaine in the name of her father, Marc Roy.
Blessed with some exceptional parcels scattered throughout the village of Gevrey-Chambertin, including that in the renowned Clos Prieur site, Alexandrine Roythe domaine’s holdings are limited in size sufficient for Alexandrine, with the continued participation of her father, to oversee all facets of the production herself. A walk in the vineyard in mid-August reveals meticulously tended vines and easily explains how she is able craft such pure and precise wines. Her attentive approach to the vineyard work includes aeration of the vines through a careful thinning of leaf cover as the growing season progresses, reduction of yields through green harvesting. Consequently, she produces fruit which is uniformly ripe from vineyards which are clean and vines which are incredibly healthy. With her harvest team, she does all of the triage in the vineyard rather than at the cellar, bringing back to the domaine only pristine fruit and leaving behind on the vineyard floor that which does not belong at the cuverie.
All the fruit here is 100% destemmed, for the reds, daily pigeage, a measured hand during the relatively brief fermentations, all of which take place in stainless steel, and a delicate application of new oak during the also brief elevage of only 12 months. The results of course speak for themselves; the reds, incredibly soft, silky, supple and always transparent. They present a remarkably pure medley of red fruit flavors, with an emphasis on elegance and equilibrium above power, making these wines approachable in their youth and worthy of long-term aging as well. Come discover for yourself the charms from this exciting young viticultrice, who is making a name for herself in this most renowned of appellations.