Maranges is located at the southern-most part of the Côte d’Or, producing red wines that Clive Coates describes as “honest, sturdy and rustic in the best sense… (and) with good acidity”. The Chevrot family has been making wine in Maranges since 1830, and Domaine Chevrot was founded in 1936 by the grandparents of the current winemaking brothers, Pablo and Vincent. Their parents started bottling wines under the Domaine Chevrot label in the seventies, and the young Pablo and Vincent have maintained the traditions of their parents with only one exception: they are converting the vineyards to certified organic viticulture. They are using organic compost in the vineyards and a minimum of copper and sulfur treatments as needed to treat oidium and mildew. They are practicing biodynamics as well but are not certified.
Chevrot owns 4 hectares of Pinot Noir in this climat; he uses only the best fruit for this cuvée. The plots face south and are rich in limestone gravel and sand from granite alteration; in fact, the river la Cozanne, which made this soil, crosses a granitic canyon.
Fermentation involves only natural yeasts, sees no added SO2, and there is no cold maceration. Aging begins in barrel and the wine is racked clean and put back into older barrels (5-10 years) in mid-summer, where it is aged until it is racked and blended in December. It stays in tank for one month and is racked one last time the day of bottling (mid-January) in order to have a homogeneous cuvée. There is no fining and no filtration, and the level of SO2 is adjusted to have 0.6 mg of molecular SO2 in order to guarantee a micro-biologic stability.