The sister and brother team of Gaetane and Martial Carré is one of my absolute favorite new producers we have welcomed to the NW family of winegrowers. Sister, Gaetane is an absolute dynamo. She works the front of the house, a domaine their father Denis founded 45 years ago, with an infectious enthusiasm that any visitor within 5 minutes knows that they are someplace very special. Her brother, Martial, is a bit more low key. He drives the tractor, makes the wines, and quietly lets his sister sell them.
They work like bulls; together, with their parents, they organically farm 14 hectares of vines in Meursault, Auxey Duresses, Pommard and the Haute Côtes (or almost 50 acres). First up in what I am sure is just the beginning of many offers from this brilliant new producer is the Carré’s Auxey Duresses Blanc Les Vireux Les Vireux straddles two appellations, Meursault and Auxey, sharing the same exact soil composition and exposure just divided by a line that some wealthy bureaucrat drew a few hundred years ago.
My sense is that he probably didn’t own any Auxey Les Vireux on the Carré’s side of the vineyard….great news for us as although this certainly is a Saturday nighter, it’s at least 45% less than it would be if the Carré’s vines were on the Meursault side of the line.
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