of Armand Heitz
The history of the estate begins with the Nié-Vantey family. The family then owned vines from Santenay to Clos de Vougeot and had a significant trading activity. With the phylloxera crisis, many vines were sold.
Mr. Georges Lochardet, a great wine merchant on the Côte de Beaune, marries Marcelle Nié. They then owned twenty hectares of vines as well as several farms. Their son Armand Lochardet inherited half of the estate, which he operated before passing it on to his three children, Bernard, Catherine and Brigitte.
Brigitte Lochardet married Christian Heitz and created the Heitz-Lochardet estate a few years later. All of the vine cultivation work is carried out as a service by Joseph Drouhin, whose head office is in Beaune. She works the estate's vines rigorously, applying the principles of organic viticulture. Thus assured of the quality of the grapes, Maison Joseph Drouhin buys the harvest until 2012.
Armand Heitz, the grandson of Armand Lochardet, obtained his oenologist diploma after his studies at the Changins engineering school in Switzerland and then took over the reins of the Domaine. In 2012, Armand began growing vines on a plot of Burgundy Chardonnay and Pinot Noir.After this experience, the estate decided to expand in order to offer a more diversified range of appellations: the adventure was launched!
The estate's appellations extend from Beaune to Chassagne-Montrachet:
- Pommard 1er Cru Monopole Clos des Poutures
- Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens
- Pommard 1er Cru Pézerolles
- Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
- Meursault Gruyaches
- Meursault La Barre
- Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds
- Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Maltroie
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot white
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Tête du Clos
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot red
- Beaune 1er Cru Boucherottes
- Saint-Aubin Travers de Chez Edouard
- Parcelle interdite
- Crémant de Bourgogne Blanc de blancs
- Bourgogne blanc
- Bourgogne rouge
- Bourgogne aligoté
- Blanc de Noirs
- Folie Sauvage
- Esprit de terre
- Sol de rosée
Trading wines complete this list of appellations in order to enhance the richness of the parcels of the region and show our customers the different personalities of the terroirs that are expressed in Burgundy
Armand Heitz, very attached to his region but above all in love with the French wine heritage, set out to conquer Beaujolais. For this, he joins forces with his brother-in-law Augustin Ceyrac. Augustin has worked and traveled all over the world, Africa, Asia, New Zealand, the United States and this is an opportunity for this wine enthusiast and entrepreneur in Hong Kong to embark on a great family adventure. La Combe-Vineuse is made up of 6 hectares in Juliénas.
Diversity and balance
Armand Heitz makes permaculture and agroecology his philosophy. In parallel with the many experiments set up in the vineyards to bring life back to the soil, a permaculture garden is being created. Operation without any input reinforces Armand's convictions that, well managed, nature does not need any external input.
Armand Heitz continues his search for autonomy and circularity by embarking on livestock farming The contributions of cattle farming are very interesting in polyculture to nourish the soil and strengthen biodiversity. Animals give back to the Earth what it offers them in the form of manure. The meat and vegetables produced are offered on a short circuit to professionals and individuals.