As eleveurs our mission consists mainly in allowing each appellation to express its specific character. That is achieved through a number of operations. Ullage consists in periodically filling up the barrels in order to make up for wine lost through evaporation and avoid any surface contact between wine and air which would result in chemical reactions likely to al ter what is in the barrel.
Racking eliminates deposits or Ices which build up at the lower part of the barrel, thus giving an increasingly limpid wine.
Limpidity is also increased by fining wine with egg albumin for red wines and filtration on clay for white wines.
A transparent wine will help you enjoy the most delicate nuances of its color. The eleveur also carries out analysis operations at regular intervals in order to check fermentations which slowly shape the wine. Once that is over wine is bottled in out cellars. When tasted a properly matured wine will give off arornas that are specific of its geographi- cal origin with some slight vanilla smell imparted to it by the oak of the barrel.
Ageing takes slowly place in the bottle so that after a time in relation with the original qualities of the wine it will bring it to its peak.
For your greatest pleasure come to our Burgundy cellars and enjoy the local taste enhanced by the know-how of the eleveur and the subtle alchemy which takes place in the semi-darkness of our cellars.
Jean-Philippe MARCHAND is a wine merchant located rue Souvert in the heart of Gevrey-Chambertin. It is a family business created at the end of 1985. As wine merchants we buy wine in barrels as soon as vinification is over and some grapes hand-picking from producers during harvest . Then our team, with the help of some wine-lovers among our friends, blind taste the wines offered to us. Those which are selected are bought and stored in our cellars where they will remain in oak barrels for about 18 months.
The MARCHAND estate was born in Morey- Saint-Denis on February 24th 1813 when Pierre MARCHAND, a small winegrower from Reulle-Vergy, a village in Hautes-Côtes de Nuits, married Marie Jacotier who had inherited a vineyard estate from her father who died 3 years before. Pierre junior was born in 1915, yet his father died on the child's birthday anniversary.
The eighth child for sure had to help his mother while still very young to run the estate. When he died in 1871 his son François who was born in 1848 took over at the head of the business. The estate then went into the hands of François-Joseph, named Joseph (François son) then of Emile. The father of Claude who is today's owner. The latter entrusted h elder son Jean-Philippe with the place bought in Gevrey-Chambertin 1983. The MARCHAND estate bas been in existence over seven generations in Morey-St-Denis. In 1983 it was extended with the purchase of an old wine- grower's house -right in the heart of Gevrey-Chambertin. The present building was erected in the 18° century above a cellar in which the owner used to mature the wines he produced and keep them in bottles.
The MARCHAND estate includes vineyards located in the villages of Charnbolle-Musigny, Morey-Saint-Denis, Gevrey-Chambertin featuring some first growths such as Les Sentiers at Chambolle, le Clos des Ormes at Morey, les Combottes at Gevrey, as well as great growths : Clos de la Roche at Morey, Griottes Chambertin and Charmes Chambertin at Gevrey.
Most wines are forty years old or so. Vineyards are traditionally ploughed. Grapes are picked by hand.
Great growth wines are kept for 50% of them in new barrels, ail first growths are kept in one-year old barrels and all village appellations in 2 to 3 year old barrels. Our wines are kept in barrels for about 18 months and bottling takes place in March-April. The estate sells all its wines by itself. It exports throughout the world : U.S.A., JAPAN, UNITED KINGDOM, CANADA, BELGIUM, SWITZERLAND, GERMANY, etc
MARCHAND wines can be round in such renowned French restaurants as TROISGROS, GEORGES-BLANC, LA RENAISSANCE,...