Christain Clerget runs this small domaine of just 6 hectares. The domaine produces six reds and includes a good sized parcel of Echezeaux from the climat of Les Orveaux.
Christian Clerget's philosophy is simple: the quality of the wine takes place, above all, in the vineyards. Therefore, the soil and the vines are looked after in order to achieve optimum results. To begin with, the vines are pruned back hard, followed by painstaking leaf thinning, soil tillage, and finally hand-picking. The grapes are harvested at the point of maturity and no later. Sorting takes place first in the vineyard and again in the vat hall, on the sorting table.
The grapes are mostly de-stemmed (25% stems were used in 2009) and put into vats to process the must into wine. There follows two to three weeks' maceration in vats, so that the grapes can release all of their richness into the juice. Christian punches down the cap or pumps over once a day, taking great care and with moderation. This is followed by pressing into oak barrels for 18 months of maturation. During the aging, Christian racks after the malolactic fermentation. Bottling takes place at the domain, without fining or filtering. The wines are solid, pure and balanced, with textures which have a long finish, and which have great aging potential.
Passion, care, rigor, combined with a fundamental respect for the land and the rhythm of the seasons; for Christian, his wine is a question of work, in order to offer the best and the truest expression of the terroirs represented.