Today I just confirmed my newest vineyard source for Maison Ilan. I’ve been given some fairly impressive offers for fruit this year. You can’t take them all, however. And so I have chosen to continue to be terribly picky in choosing my sources. The vines of Les Corbeaux are situated just against the vines of Mazis-Chambertin Grand Cru. This is to say that there are no barriers to speak of between these 1er Cru vines and the Grand Cru vines. The soil and exposure looks identical to the naked eye. I imagine there to be additional complexity in the soil adjacent to Les Corbeaux, though it would be gradual. The vines are after all approximately 3 feet away from the Grand Cru.
The vines here are on average over 60 years old. To be more specific, there is a minority in the vineyard of some that are around 45 years old, and some around 70 or so. The majority are just around 60 years of age. With this source, my sources in Gevrey-Chambertin and Morey Saint Denis lineup is a bit more firmed up and altogether more exciting. This makes 3-Premier Crus and 2 Grand Crus, all in fruit. I’m really looking forward to following their development.