Marcel Amance wines are the fruit of a rigorous selection of grapes, from carefully selected wine growers in Burgundy.
The major part of Marcel Amance red wines are aged in the centuries-old underground cellars of the Maison du Jet d’Eau, in Santenay. Built in 1838, this property stands on the main square in Santenay, a place once regularly used for political gatherings.
This wine comes from the appelation Clos de Vougeot, the celebrated grand cru in the internationally renowned Côte de Nuits vineyards. The Clos de Vougeot was founded in the 12th century by monks from the Abbaye de Cîteaux, which remained its owner until 1789. With 50 hectares in a single plot (the largest grand cru appellation in Burgundy) shared amongst 80 proprietors, it is to this day surrounded by the walls which enclosed it five centuries ago. The Renaissance-style Château du Clos de Vougeot is an exceptional historic monument whose current owners are the Chevaliers de Tastevin.
This wine comes from the village appellation Nuits-Saint-Georges. At the most southerly end of the Côte de Nuits, the AOC Nuits-Saint-Georges is spread over two communes: Nuits-Saint-Georges and Prémeaux-Prissey. The town of Nuits-Saint-Georges has been actively making wine for centuries. In 1892, Nuits became Nuits-Saint-Georges, derived from the name of its most ancient growing area, created around the year 1000.
150 kms South East of Paris, Chablis is the most northerly of the Burgundy vineyards. Indeed, it is closer to Champagne than to the rest of Burgundy. About 5,000 hectares planted entirely with Chardonnay are spread around the village of Chablis on either side of a small river called the Serein. The Cistercian monks of Pontigny planted vines here as early as the 12th century.
Known under this name since the 14th century, this grape variety is at the origin of the greatest wines in Burgundy. Difficult to grow, capricious, and highly sensitive to growing conditions, Pinot noir throughout a extensive range of terroirs produces a wide variety of flavours and aromas.
Classic Burgundy Chardonnay.
This grape variety can be really versatile, and can have different expression depending on soils : Fruity or high minerality, cream, onctuosity or crisp body, Powerful or soft.
One of the most famous and recognized grape in the world !
Nicolas Rolin, chancellor to the Duke of Burgundy, Philippe the Good and his wife Guigone Salin founded the Hôtel-Dieu charitable institution. The hospital received its first patient in 1452 and was in regular use until 1971. Since then, the hospital has been moved to more modern premises, even though the home for the elderly still remains there.
Thanks to donations and legacies made by wealthy Burgundian lords, the Hospices de Beaune has also owned a vineyard since 1471. This consists of several "Premiers Crus" and "Grand Cru" plots in the Beaune and Côtes de Nuits districts, totaling 60 hectares.
Every year since 1794, on the third Sunday in November, the 41 prestigious vintages are put on sale at a traditional charity “candle auction”. The proceeds from the auction, as they have been for the last five centuries, are donated to help finance the former almshouses as well as the new hospital institutions.
This sale is considered to be the most famous in the world and traditionally serves as the international benchmark on the premium wines market.