Domaine de la Cozanne, Cormot Vauchignon

Domaine de la Cozanne, Cormot Vauchignon

Domaine de la Cozanne, with its vines firmly rooted in the appellation of the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune, is indicative of the new Bourgogne. Global warming has had such an impact on winemaking in the region that the so called ‘golden slopes’ of the Côte-d’Or vineyards can produce fruit that, in the wrong hands, are often too ripe, and in bottle, lacking freshness. Conversely, the higher slopes of the Hautes-Côtes de Beaune – an appellation only created in 1961 and consisting of 10 communes – sit in quite beautiful countryside, interspersed by fields and forests, and now have the potential to produce wines with the richness of the more glamorous appellations located in the more celebrated valley below, but with acidity to balance.

And so we found the wines of Domaine de la Cozanne. The domaine is located in the village of Cormot-Le-Grand, 10km south west of Meursault, and was founded by the pharmacologists Véronique and Etienne David. Etienne, who gained invaluable experience at Domaine Etienne Sauzet in Puligny Montrachet, uses the different vessels of oak, concrete tanks, clay amphorae, and Beaune eggs, as well as micro-oxygenation techniques, to produce wines of genuine finesse. Yields here don’t amount to more than 30hl/ha, and all the grapes are hand harvested. Both wines undergo malolactic fermentation, the white entirely in steel, where it remains on the lees for 8 months, whilst the red is in amphora. All the domaine’s wines will be certified organic for the forthcoming 2023 vintage.