When young, this smooth wine produces a scent of hazelnut and grilled toast, so we can predict that "Tonton Marcel" will develop into an excellent wine.
Located at the edge of the Chassagne woods, "Tonton Marcel" features on the list of the Chassagne-Montrachet Premiers Crus. It takes its name from a dolmen that was listed in the inventory of Celtic monuments in Courtépée during the French Archaeological Congress in 1853. In the 19th century, this dolmen was used as a hut by a wine grower; so, it was called "Uncle Marcel's Stone" after him. Following the outbreak of phylloxera, the parcel was abandoned because it was difficult to cultivate due to the steep slope; the gradient runs at up to 45% in some parts. In 1971, encouraged by the former wine growers of Chassagne-Montrachet, we cleared the ground that had been invaded by oak trees, firs, and scrub, in order to plant it with chardonnay, but not until spring of 1973.