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Discover Burgundy. Domaine René Cacheux et Fils

While searching for producers to visit in Vosne-Romanée you'll find two Cacheux wineries. As it often happens those little 'ouvrée' (1/24 of a hectare) are divided between the many heirs.

There were two daughters of Charles Blée that married two Cacheux sons. So at the end, we have two Cacheux wineries. I ended up at the René Cacheux et Fils winery that is now managed by the son of Jacqueline Blée and René Cacheux - Gérald.

*"Ouvrée" from French means "worked", meaning that it's as much land as one peasant can work by hand in a day. So in Burgundy 1 ouvrée corresponds to 4.28 acres of vineyard. This term is used in eastern part of France mainly.

Pinot Noir vineyard in Vosne-Romanee village during a wine study trip to Burgundy
can you imagine they're measuring things here like in 1/24 of a hectare?!

Only 3 hectares spread around Premier Cru, Village and Bourgogne appellations. Here they follow integrated* vineyard management techniques, which means: - Careful pruning for proper nourishing, exposure and yield control. - The area where the grape bunch develops is stripped for natural ventilation, to prevent rot and avoid chemicals. - For pest control (specifically against cluster worm) they apply mating disruption. Using artificial pheromones they prevent mate localization and block the reproductive cycle. This way the insect population is not affected by usage of chemicals, but cluster worm is not a danger anymore. - Thanks to tillage (the dig - stir - overturn process that can be done by hand, horse or tractor) light grass cover is maintained without herbicides. So perfect 'équilibré' of human-vine-nature.

*Integrated viticulture basically means sustainable viticulture or "lutte raisonnée" (which translates as "well thought-out control" from French). This means that chemical pesticides and herbicides are completely avoided or reduced and kept below the so-called damage threshold.

Wine Tasting at Domaine René Cacheux et Fils

They make only 12 000 bottles a year. So I felt like: 'whatever bottle I buy here, it will definitely be unique and very limited edition!"

I start the morning with a glass of Bourgogne Aligoté - fresh, unpretentious, a simple but refined aperitif drink. Matured in stainless steel for 6 months before bottling. I'll be honest - we won't talk much about terroir and legacy when it comes to this specific Aligote wine. If you are curious to taste the best what Aligote has to offer - head over to Bouzeron, the only place where this grape variety grows on the best sunny slopes. It was made, as I mentioned, for a nice aperitif or to become a Kir cocktail. Machine harvest, grown on flat landed regional appellation, with added bacteria for malolactic. Just drink it to wake up (exactly as I did).

Bourgogne Passetoutgrain 2017 - here we have a blend of 60% Gamay and 40% Pinot Noir. That disloyal Gamay, how Phillip, the Bold, Duke of Burgundy, called it and expelled from Burgundy. Well, this blend is interesting, it has the typical Gamay aromas as dominant - carnation, pepper, raspberry, under bush, and these, unfortunately, fully cover anything brought by Pinot Noir to the blend. So, can't say I disagree with Duke Phillip. Bourgogne les Champs d'argent 2017- another wine that comes from regional appellation, so not really part of Vosne-Romanée climats. But it's a 100% Pinot Noir, aged in 10% new oak for 18 months. More loyal, more finesse. An elegant fruit basket full of raspberries, blackcurrant, blueberries.