Michel Mallard and his sons’ vineyard is located in the commune of Ladoix-Serrigny, a small village at the junction between the Côte de Beaune and Côte de Nuits. Vine growers from father to son for five generations, the vineyard has expanded over time and now cultivates 11 hectares. The estate has 11 ha around the Corton hill, producing 16 appellations in total. It is located in the center of Ladoix-Serrigny on the RN974 – the main road through Burgundy – just south of where Côte de Nuits meet Côte de Beaune. Michel Mallard took over from his father in 2005 and is now running the family estate with his parents’ help while also making the wines at Domaine d’Eugenie.
Domaine Michel Mallard,
Ladoix Blanc ‘le Clos Royer’
Bottle size: 750 ml,
In The Cellar
On receiving the grapes, we carefully sort them at the winery. The grapes are treaded and gently pressed in a pneumatic press. In order to avoid crushing the grapes—which would harm the quality of the grape must, and to avoid extracting the vegetable part of the cluster, we prefer to obtain the juice at low pressure. The run-off is then clarified by the force of gravity, eliminating the roughest dregs, which would negatively affect the quality of the future wine. Some of the juice is then drawn off into stainless steel vats, and the rest is placed in French oak barrels. Alcoholic fermentation begins thanks to the activation of the indigenous yeast (yeast naturally present in the grape must).
In The Vineyard
At the foot of the slopes of the Hill of Corton, the parcel Le Clos Royer enjoys a sunny southeastern exposure overlooking the commune of Ladoix-Serrigny. Originally a park, this vineyard enclosure became the property of Dr. Royer who planted vines in the 1950s before becoming the property of the Domaine Michel Mallard et Fils.
The Ladoix blanc Clos Royer reveals notes of quince, apricot and acacia on the nose. In the mouth, its amplitude and bold taste counterbalance its spontaneous freshness. Its fruity and floral aroma is topped off with flinty notes.