Premium Pinot Noir from Burgundy's most reputable vineyards
This month’s Pinot Noir Series feature is quite special for our members, with a selection exclusively imported from Domaine Cauvard, a historical wine estate nestled in the world famous Burgundy (Bourgogne, in French) region of France. While the Cauvard family has proudly grown wine grapes in Burgundy for over 400 years, it has only been the past four generations who have progressed the entity into a reputable winery estate as well.
The current owners of Domaine Cauvard are the husband and wife team of Henri Cauvard and Jacqueline Frachet. The Cauvard family is one of the oldest in the CÔte de Beaune sub region of Burgundy, tracing their ancestors back to Simon Gagnerot who purchased the family’s first vineyards there in 1681. The Cauvards now own nearly 45 acres that stretch over the Côte de Beaune, continuing the family tradition of growing exclusively Pinot Noir and Chardonnay from some of the region’s best vineyards. In 2007, Henri and Jacqueline were joined by their son Julien who currently oversees the marketing and sales and assists with wine making for Domain Cauvard.
The ancient and historic town of Beaune, not to be confused with the larger, encompassing CÔte de Beaune region, stands as the all-important wine capital of Burgundy. Home to the largest annual wine auction in France, the Hospices de Beaune, the town is surrounded by some of the world’s most famous wine villages and several highly regarded Premier Cru vineyards. Premier Cru is the second- highest classification level for vineyards, just below the rare Grand Cru. These classifications are intended to indicate the potential of the vineyard or terrior, and the fact that seventy-five percent of the vineyards surrounding Beaune are of the Premier Cru level, speaks to the serious quality of this world-famous wine-growing region. In Burgundy, Premier Cru wines are sometimes noted as 1er Cru, which you will see on the label of this month’s featured wine. Some of the famous wine villages surrounding the town of Beaune include the reputable Pommard, Aloxe-Corton, Chassagne-Montrachet, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, and Volnay.
For hundreds of years, Burgundy has produced some of the best Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays in the world, often setting the standard for their depth, complexity, concentration, and elegance. We are proud to present this small, family-owned Burgundian producer to our Pinot Noir Series members and hope you enjoy one of their premier Pinot Noir bottlings.
Although overseen by President Henri Cauvard, the entire Cauvard family has a hand in the Domaine Cauvard wine production. Sine the beginning, the Cauvards have maintained a natural, sustainable approach in the vineyards and winery, and find a balance between honoring traditional methods and incorporating new modern and efficient techniques to ensure quality and consistency. The Cauvards are well known in the region for the high quality of their wines and perfectionist mentality.