Marchand & Burch is two friends; Burgundian winemaker Pascal Marchand (ex Domaine Comte Armand & Domaine De La Vougeraie) and Jeff Burch, owner of Howard Park. They have teamed up to exploit their love of Pinot Noir and ability to access fruit from small parcels of vineyards in Burgundy, Margaret River and the Great Southern.
Fresh, clean and lifted with citrus, stone fruits and oak. The palate is rounded, vibrant and with enough acidity poking through to keep it from being flabby. Try with a meaty fish like lardons, mushrooms and a white sauce. Aging is not required but will bring out more of the nutty and honey characters with time.
Traditionally the sturdy, rich, oaky, hazelnutty neighbour of Puligny and Chassagne. A lighter, modern style is evolving, both are equally delicious and charming.
The classic part of Burgundy known as the Cote D’Or (the slope of gold) is essentially one vineyard that is 60km long and maybe 5km at its widest. From this limestone ridge some of the most complex, long-lived and aromatic wines are produced from Pinot Noir and Chardonnay. The Cistercian monks who owned the land codified the entire region and so each small plot has a name.
The grape that you can plant anywhere, in any climate and do anything to and it will still taste like an OK wine. When people hit the sweet spot of site, climate, cropping and winemaking, Chardonnay becomes a magical wine that will age gracefully but charm you at any age. Chardonnays can range from cool climate lean and citrusy to warmer climate tropical and overt. Oak and lees can add flavouring as can malolactic fermentation.