Domaine Heitz-Lochardet’s history goes back to 1857. Over the years, the family of Georges Lochardet, who was a wine merchant acquired significant prime vineyards totaling 20 ha, and when he passed away he left 50% of it to his son Armand. Armand had 3 children, and in 1983 his daughter Brigitte married Christian Heitz, and few years later Domaine Heitz-Lochardet was founded. For years, all the wines were sold to Maison Drouhin who took care of the vineyards as well.
After finishing his formal studies in 2011, Brigitte & Christian’s son, Armand Heitz took charge of the domaine. At the beginning, he received from the family two small plots to explore and test his winemaking skills. Following his first success, he got control of more serious plots, including tiny holding in Chevalier-Montrachet, and produced his first commercial wines in 2013.
Every year since, more and more vineyards have been returned to the domaine under the control of Armand, and for the 2017 vintage his holding already consists of 8 ha, including the following very impressive set of vineyards:
- Chevalier-Montrachet (0.09 ha)
- Meursault Perrieres 1er cru (0.70 ha)
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Maltroye (0.70 ha)
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeots Les Petits Clos
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeots Les Têtes de Clos
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes
- Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeots (Pinot Noir)
- Pommard 1er Cru Monopole Clos des Poutures (0.66 ha)
- Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens (0.43 ha)
- Pommard 1er Cru Les Pezerolles (0.60 ha)
- Volnay 1er Cru Les Taillepieds (0.37 ha)
Since the very beginning, Armand decided to use Biodynamic viticulture principles in all his vineyards. The white wine making is traditional with minimal use of new oak. The red wines are vinified with whole clusters, a method Armand feels suits his Biodynamic viticulture fruit best.
Armand Heitz is another great young wine grower representing the revival of Burgundy in the hands of the young generation starting at the turn of the 21st century.