Stéphane Aladame is one of the stars of the younger generation of French producers. Whereas many young winemakers inherit their estate, Stéphane began from scratch in 1992, at the age of 18. He completed his studies in Beaune before renting vineyards in Montagny, in the Côte Chalonnaise. The wines of Montagny can easily rival those from the more famous Côte de Beaune, which lies immediately to the north, and often at considerably better prices. Stéphane is also a bit of an anomaly in Montagny, as the village is dominated by cooperatives (at around 75%), with only 18 independent producers. Stéphane now cultivates eight hectares, with seven hectares situated in Montagny Premier Cru.
Despite the fact that the name 'Les Maroques' is derived from the ancient French 'marais', which means 'swamp', this east facing single parcel of Montagny 1er Cru is situated at 300 to 330 metres altitude. The vines are aged between 20 and 58 years old and are planted on well-hydrated clay-limestone soils, resulting in wines characterised by a marked minerality. The 3.5 hectares plot has been farmed organically since the early 2000s.
Winemakers across Burgundy were very enthusiastic about the 2018 crop, with the fruit in peak health and the region back to producing good quantities of quality fruit, in comparison to the difficult harvests of recent years. 2018 began with a warm spring and budburst in early April with the entire vintage continuing ahead of the schedule, with flowering in mid-June followed by a rapid fruit set. Ripening continued at a fast pace with warm summer temperatures. Fortunately, hydric stress was avoided due to the water reserves from winter and spring rainfall. Harvest took place in ideal conditions in September.
The fruit was hand-picked, whole bunch pressed, and the must was allowed to settle before fermentation with indigenous yeasts took place in 100% old French oak barrels. The must underwent full malolactic fermentation and the wine was matured for 12 months before bottling.
Bright yellow in colour, this wine reveals pure and refined hints of fresh white peach, together with delicate floral and citrus notes. On the palate, this medium-bodied wine has a delicate structure with marked mineral undertones and a lingering finish.
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