Pascal Marchand Morey-Saint-Denis Les Faconnires 2016Pascal Marchand
ORIGIN: France, Burgundy
GRAPE: Pinot Noir
A wine of fine transparency and an ingraining flavour that manages to grow even more in the mid-palate. Just a lovely contemplative wine.
Morey St Denis is an epicenter. With five Grand Cru and twenty 1er Cru parcels, this is some of the prime real estate in Burgundy. There is hardly an iffy vineyard in the village. And these are some of the most refined wines of the Cotes de Nuits. This village AOC from Domaine Jean Fery has black fruits that impose themselves, sweet and round, in a structure that is typical Morey minerality, with a freshness bred of fine tannins and good balance.
In a Burgundy context Pascal’s talent was spotted and brought to the fore when the Comte Armand chose him to be winemaker at the Clos des Epeneaux in Pommard; that was in 1985. French-Canadian Pascal had begun his journey by working the 1983 harvest with François Germain then working at Domaine Bruno Clair while studying. In 2006 Pascal decided to concentrate on consulting; he had already gained a list of private clients but now had the time to indulge himself also outside the Côte d’Or, becoming the classic flying winemaker – in 2007 establishing Marchand Burch and taking many local wine trophies.
Much of Pascal’s raw materials are delivered in the form of grapes, fermented often with some or all of their stems then aged with a minimum of racking; villages cuvées are usually 10-12 casks, once you get to the 1er crus, no more than 6 casks for any single wine though some are as low as one cask – the majority of the grand crus are 1-2 cask lots. And what a range Pascal has put together, there is even a barrel of Musigny; he notes “I was able to develop good relations with many growers over the years. What’s important to me is that all my suppliers are good farmers – some are organic, others are heading that way but the farming is the key for me.”