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Domaine Coche-Dury

Domaine Coche-Dury

There are few Domaines in Burgundy that garner, and rightfully deserve, as much praise than that of Coche-Dury. And yet, for all of the superlatives used to describe this elusive producer, they are all justified. This is a source of beautifully balanced, fine but deeply layered wine that is nigh on impossible to find, and demand continues to soar. It’s a credit to both the benchmark viticulture and exacting winemaking approach that have set a legendary standard across the Côte d'Or’s diverse landscape.

Today Domaine Coche-Dury is synonymous with Meursault. Whatever is made available is quickly seized upon by the cognoscenti, and the current custodian, Raphaël, who took over from his father, Jean-François, in 2010, has every intention to lead the Domaine to greater heights.

Coche-Dury’s story begins in 1975, when Jean-François Coche’s marriage to Odile Dury, and the subsequent adding to his family holdings, formed the current Domaine. And although he commenced work in his family vineyards alongside his father, Georges, at the age of fourteen (becoming the third generation of Coches to tend their vines), it was only at this point that Jean-François was able to practice and advance his own philosophies.

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The results soon attracted serious attention. Jean-François, despite his bashful, often secretive, nature reluctantly accepted superstardom. But amongst all of this, including Jancis Robinson declaring him "The King of Meursault”, his meticulous approach has never changed. Detail-driven viticulture is still the order of the day at this address, and Raphaël, his son, continues to practice these resolutely old-school values. One that champions careful growing, low yields, perfectly ripe fruit and delicate handling. The magic, this family believes, happens in the vineyards. 

Today Domaine Coche-Dury’s holdings comprise nine hectares of vineyards, across a myriad of parcels, over six villages. This includes Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Auxey-Duresses, Monthelie, and Volnay. Remarkably, no clones have ever been planted by the Domaine and the vines are, mostly, all old which contribute to the signature concentration and complexity that the wines are renowned for.

Today, the Domaine owns the following vineyards:

Whites

- Bourgogne Blanc - 1 ha

- Meursault - 4.25 ha

- Meursault "Les Chevalières" - 0.12 ha

- Meursault "Les Rougeots" - 0.70 ha

- Meursault 1er Cru "Caillerets" - 0.33 ha

-Meursault 1er Cru "Perrières" - 0.50 ha

- Puligny-Montrachet "Les Enseignères" - 0.50 ha

- Corton-Charlemagne Grand Cru - 0.33 ha

Reds

- Bourgogne Rouge - 0.75 ha

- Auxey-Duresses Rouge - 0.5 ha

- Monthelie Côte de Beaune Rouge - 0.25 ha

- Meursault Côte de Beaune Rouge - 0.12 ha

- Volnay 1er Cru (Blend of Taillepieds and Clos des Chênes) - 0.33 ha

Here, vinification is staunchly traditional: extended lees contact, followed by regular bâtonnage (stirring the lees). The former aids the prevention of oxidation, while allowing the wine to maintain optimum freshness throughout the process. Fermentation takes place in oak casks, with a high proportion being new, but the approach may vary between vintages. After anywhere between 15-24 months of ageing, the wines are bottled unfiltered. 

To taste, the Coche-Dury wines strike an alluring balance between nervy, racy acid profiles and powerful opulence. But never in the place of elegance. Indeed, albeit dialled down, they still hold their signature toasty, reductive qualities with gusto alongside intense, complex fruit and mineral notes, and excellent terroir expression. These are fascinating wines that absolutely live up to their hype and have proven, time and again, to unfurl with extended time in the cellar.  

Clos Cachet is honoured to be importing Domaine Coche-Dury wines to Australia.

STRICTLY ALLOCATED: Since these wines are some of the rarest and the most in-demand in the world, only clients with whom Clos Cachet has an existing relationship will be considered for an allocation. The Coche-Durys are deeply interested in how their wines are consumed. The Domaine insists on an appropriate and respectful amount of bottle age before their wines are served, and endeavour to have them shared amongst wine lovers – ideals which we intend to practice. All Coche-Dury wines are imported directly from the Domaine, guaranteeing their provenance.

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