Domaine Coudray-Bizot, Burgundy

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Coudray-Bizot; The Philosopher in the Vines

A visit to the cellar and vineyards of Jean-Jacques Coudray-Bizot becomes a lesson, not just in grapes and soil, but in philosophy, the intellectual process, and the inner workings of Burgundian culture. As you walk among his vines, Jean-Jacques’ musings range from ideas about viticulture, to development around the city of Beaune, the writings of René Descartes, and the nature of self-doubt. It’s this self-questioning nature that is perhaps most crucial to the understanding of Jean-Jacques’ methods. Everything done in the vineyards and in the cellar is considered, investigated and then considered again. This rigorous and methodological process was passed down to Jean-Jacques from his grandfather Dr. Bizot, who was a surgeon and wine maker at the Hospice du Beaune, and whose favorite saying about wine was, “you have to hurry up and wait!”

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Country: Region: Appellation: Producer: Year Founded: Annual Production Total: Farming: Harvest Method: Total Estate Size:
France Burgundy Echezeaux Grand Cru, Nuits St. Georges
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er cru, Vosne-Romanée
Puligny-Montrachet 1er cru
Jean-Jacques Coudray-Bizot 1800s Lutte Raisonée Manual

Wine Name Warieties Average Vine Age Soil Vineyard Area Elevage Filteration Fining Annual Production
Echezeaux ‘En Orveaux’ Pinot Noir 58 years Clay, limestone
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Les Champeaux’ Pinot Noir 36 years Red clay, limestone
Gevrey Chambertin 1er Cru ‘Les Cazetiers’ Pinot Noir 60 years Red clay, limestone
Vosne Romanee 1er Cru ‘La Croix Rameau’ Pinot Noir 40 years Pebbly alluvium
Nuits-Saint-Georges ‘Aus Bas de Combe’ Pinot Noir 90 years Limestone, fine marl
Puligny Montrachet 1er Cru ‘Les Combettes’ Chardonnay 80 years Clay, rocky limestone