Domaine Bachelet-Monnot

Dezize-lès-Maranges

Attending Winemakers: Marc Bachelet & Alex Bachelet

Brothers Marc & Alex Bachelet founded Domaine Bachelet-Monnot in 2005 with vineyards from their father and uncle, and today farm a mix of family-owned and long-term leased vineyards totaling over 20 hectares in Maranges, Santenay, and Puligny-Montrachet. The brothers are thoughtful viticulturalists, using no herbicide and plowing regularly to remove weeds and aerate the soil. In the cellar, they age their wines for 12 months in around 25% new oak and then rack their whites into stainless steel and reds into concrete for another 6-8 months of lees aging. With a number of prestigious appellations to their name, in addition to very high quality terroirs in lesser-known Santenay and Maranges, the Bachelet brothers are rising stars in the region.

A selection of signature appellations:

Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Blanc
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Hameau de Blagny
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Folatières
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Santenay Les Charmes Dessus
Santenay Les Prarons Dessus
Maranges 1er Cru La Fussière Rouge
Maranges 1er Cru Clos de la Boutière

Domaines Albert Bichot

Beaune

Attending Winemakers: Alberic Bichot

The first traces of the Bichot family date back to 1214. They settled in Burgundy in 1350, in their fief of Châteauneuf-en-Auxois. The family’s coat of arms has not changed since nor has its symbol, a doe (biche).

In 1831, Bernard Bichot founded a wine trading business in his name in Monthélie. His son, Hippolyte, succeeded him and bought the first vines in Volnay, already convinced that upstream control was essential. His son, Albert Bichot, the first to bear the name, gave the family business new momentum in the late 19th century and settled in the centre of Beaune once and for all in 1912.

The second Albert Bichot, who was born in 1900, was a pioneer of international commerce. North America, Asia, Oceania… He travelled incessantly in order to introduce our wines, which were already recognized as being among the best, to wine lovers around the world.

In the second half of the 20th century, his four sons, Albert, Bernard, Bénigne and Jean-Marc, inherited this know-how. A new era of expansion began with the construction of a large ageing cellar, a new bottling centre and winery. Our wines were available in all of the world’s continents.

After having gone off to discover the world, (from the Arctic to Adélie Land), Albéric Bichot joined the company in the early 90s and took over its management in 1996. Though he fully respects family traditions, he is completely focused on the future. He compares himself to the "conductor of an orchestra, proud to bring people and their talents together over a common project".

The challenges are numerous: converting to organic viticulture in the Côte-d'Or vineyards, on-going adaptation to new markets, increasing the prestige and exposure of Burgundy wines and much more.

Convinced that the quality of wine depends on the quality of the grapes, he has focused on developing the upstream control that was undertaken in the 1980s. He secured supplies, and began to expand our vinification capacity and the ageing cellars in 2010.

The company’s vineyards now total 6 estates that cover Burgundy from north to south.

A selection of signature appellations:

Domaine Long-Depaquit (Chablis)

Domaine du Clos-Frantin (Nuits-Saint-Georges)

Château-Gris (Nuits-Saint-Georges)

Domaine du Pavillon (Pommard)

Domaine Adélie (Mercurey)

Domaine de Rochegrès (Moulin-à-Vent)

Domaine Henri Boillot

Meursault

Attending Winemaker: Guillaume Boillot

Henri Boillot is the fifth generation of a family that has been farming vines in Burgundy since 1855. Today, Henri co-manages his Meursault property alongside his son, Guillaume. Domaine Henri Boillot consists of 15 hectares split between white and red, including several Premier Crus in Meursault and Puligny where he holds a monopole in the four hectares of Clos de la Mouchere, and several Premier Crus in Savigny, Beaune, and Volnay. In the vineyard, Henri uses “lutte raisonnée” avoiding insecticides and herbicides, preferring sustainable farming techniques to preserve the integrity of the soil. Henri harvests his fruit as late as possible to ensure maximum maturity, yielding incredibly rich, pure, and powerful wines.

A selection of signature appellations:

Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Combettes
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Mouchère monopole
Meursault 1er Cru Les Poruzots
Meursault 1er Cru Les Charmes
Savigny-lès-Beaune 1er Cru Les Vergelesses
Volnay 1er Cru Les Chevrets
Volnay 1er Cru Les Fremiets
Volnay 1er Cru Les Santenots

Bouchard Père & Fils

Beaune

Attending Winemaker: Frédéric Weber

The Bouchard family has been making wine since 1731. They are the largest domaine in Burgundy with approximately 130 hectares throughout Burgundy, fifty of which are located within the Côte de Beaune. Overall, they produce over 70 different appellations. The domaine has been the biggest holder of Beaune Premier Cru for several generations. The wines are vinified under the watchful eye of Philippe Prost, who strongly believes in each parcel being vinified separately in order to fully express its distinct personality.

A selection of signature appellations:

Beaune Grèves Vigne de l’Enfant Jèsus
Beaune 1er Cru Clos de la Mousse
Beaune 1er Cru Clos Saint - Landry
Beaune 1er Cru du
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Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
Bonnes-Mares Grand Cru
Chambertin Grand Cru
Chambertin-Clos de Bèze Grand Cru
Chapelle-Chambertin Grand Cru
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru “La Cabotte”

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Domaine Y. Clerget

Volnay

Attending Winemaker: Thibaud Clerget

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While the Clerget family traces its history in Burgundy back to 1268, the current story of Domaine Yvon Clerget is one of rebirth. In 2009, Thibaud Clerget’s father Yvon decided to retire from winemaking. Knowing his son had an intense passion to continue the family legacy, Yvon made the decision to sell the grapes from the family holdings in the finest terroirs of Volnay and Pommard to Henri Boillot. During this time, Thibaud began studying the craft of vineyard management and winemaking from two storied names in Burgundy, Henri Boillot and Domaine Hudelot-Noellat. After this three-year apprenticeship, Thibaud returned to take over the family domaine. In 2015, he produced his first wines and announced the re-emergence of Domaine Yvon Clerget.

The domaine’s holdings include a number of top Volnay Premier Crus, including Santenots, Carelle Sous La Chapelle, Champans, and Taillepieds. The jewel of the Clerget family is the Premier Cru monopole of Clos du Verseuil, a tiny 0.68 hectare parcel tucked between Taillepieds and Bousse d’Or. Rounding out the lineup are one hectare of Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens and a 0.40 hectare slice of Clos Vougeot in the “Grand Maupertui” section, just below Grands Echezeaux.

A selection of signature appellations:

Volnay 1er Cru Santenots
Volnay 1er Cru Carelle Sous La Chapelle
Volnay 1er Cru Champans
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds
Volnay 1er Cru Clos du Verseuil monopole
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle

Volnay

Attending Winemaker: Mark O'Connell

Domaine Clos de la Chapelle is a  new name of a very old domaine. Originally founded by Victor Boillot in 1865 with his purchase of Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Chapelle (a monopole), the domaine added Volnay 1er Cru En Carelle and Pommard 1er Cru Les Chanlins over the course of the next half century.  The reputation of the Clos de la Chapelle monopole vineyard dates back to the 19th century, with Louis Pasteur himself writing regularly to Victor Boillot requesting bottles of this exceptional wine.  After nearly 150 years in the Boillot family, the domaine was purchased by Mark M. O’Connell, a life-long Burgundy lover.  With recent purchases in the Côte de Beaune, the Domaine now farms nearly 4 hectares, all grand cru and premier cru and is certified organic. The goal of the domaine is to make the best possible expression of terroir for each of the wines under its stewardship.

A selection of signature appellations:

Volnay 1er Cru Clos de la Chapelle monopole
Corton Bressandes Grand Cru
Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds
Pommard 1er Cru Grands Epenots

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Maison Joseph Drouhin

Beaune

Attending Winemaker: Véronique Drouhin

This domaine was founded by Joseph Drouhin in 1880 and is now run by his grandchildren; Frédéric, Véronique, Philippe and Laurent. The domaine consists of 73 hectares spread throughout Burgundy in the Côte de Nuits, Côte de Beaune, Côte Chalonnaise, Mâconnais, Beaujolais and Chablis. All of the domaine’s vineyards are cultivated biodynamically, lending to the Drouhin signature of crafting elegant, refined and complex wines. The philosophy of the estate can be defined in five points: dedication to the diversity of Burgundy, family heritage, their total awareness of nature, the ideal of perfection and elegance, and the desire to share its great wines with the world.

A selection of signature appellations:

Chablis
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Amoureuses
Musigny Grand Cru
Montrachet "Marquis de Laguiche" Grand Cru

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Domaine David Duband

Chevannes

Attending Winemakers: David Duband

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David Duband’s father, Pierre, created Domaine Pierre Duband in 1960 and sold all of the grapes from his 15 hectare estate to cooperative wineries in Beaune. After fulfilling his military service requirements, David finished his oenelogical studies in Beaune in 1991 and started producing wine from 1.5 hectares belonging to his father within the appellations of Nuits-St-Georges and the Premier Crus of Aux Thorey and Les Procès.

David took over the family domaine in 1995 upon Pierre’s retirement and began estate bottling. In 2005, he purchased the vineyards of the Jacky Truchot estate in Morey-Saint-Denis, adding a number of prestigious appellations to the domaine including Clos de la Roche, Charmes-Chambertin, and Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbè. Today the domaine produces Village and Premier Cru wines from 17 hectares in all four main Côte de Nuits communes, as well as six Grand Crus. All of the vineyards are cultivated organically and biodynamically.

David admires the winemaking style of Dujac, Rousseau and Clos des Lambrays and sees wine as a product for consumption rather than one for speculation. He believes that his chief responsibility is to make a wine that the consumer will take pleasure in drinking. David Duband is truly a rising star in Burgundy and offers drinkers an opportunity to taste wines from an unparalleled variety of terroirs all crafted with care by the same vigneron.

A selection of signature appellations:

Hautes-Côtes de Nuits Rouge “Louis-Auguste”
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Thorey
Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos Sorbè
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Gruenchers
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Sentiers
Echézeaux Grand Cru
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Latricières-Chambertin Grand Cru
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Chambertin Grand Cru

Domaine de Fa

Beaujolais

Attending Winemakers: Maxime Graillot

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The legendary Graillot family has a long history of making wine in the Northern Rhone, where their ability to produce some of the most age-worthy and delicious Syrah is matched by only a select few producers. Owner and winemaker for both Domaine des Lises and Domaine Alain Graillot, Maxime Graillot and his brother Antoine, decided to look North in order to satiate their immense hunger for new challenges that extend beyond the dramatic slopes of the Rhone Valley. Their love of Gamay led them to the bucolic vistas of Beaujolais. The two brothers struck gold in 2013 when they discovered and purchased a 5 hectare vineyard named ‘En Besset’, located in the northernmost section of the appellation near Saint Amour and Julienas. In addition to this high altitude stony hillside, they also purchased two prime parcels in the top crus of Fleurie and Saint Amour. With these new releases, the Graillot family has announced themselves as a force to be reckoned with in a region that is currently experiencing a vinicultural Renaissance.

A selection of signature appellations:

Beaujolais “En Besset”
Fleurie “Roche Guillon”
Saint-Amour

Domaine William Fèvre

Chablis

Attending Winemaker: Didier Séguier

Founded in 1959, this Domaine is at the forefront of Chablis production in Burgundy. It is comprised of 78 hectares within the following appellations: Saint-Bris, Petit Chablis, Chablis, Chablis Premier Cru and Chablis Grand Cru (of which they produce - Les Clos, Les Preuses, Vaudésir, Valmur, Bougros). The unique mineral character of these Chablis comes from a soil that mixes marl and clay-rich lime, as well as a Kimmeridgian subsoil rich in minerals and oyster fossils. Since the 1998 vintage, the proportion of new casks was reduced so as to not dampen the subtle variations of Chablis terroir. These methods have allowed the Domaine to produce wines faithful to their origins with high aromatic purity, and whose principle characteristics are minerality and freshness.

A selection of signature appellations:

Chablis
Chablis 1er Cru Beauroy
Chablis 1er Cru Montmains
Chablis 1er Cru Fourchaume
Chablis 1er Cru Vaillons
Chablis 1er Cru Montée de Tonerre
Chablis 1er Cru Vaulorent
Chablis Grand Cru Les Preuses
Chablis Grand Cru Bougros
Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir
Chablis Grand Cru Bougros “Côte de Bouguerots”
Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos

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Domaine Didier Fornerol

Corgoloin

Attending Winemakers: Didier Fornerol & Jean-Pierre de Smet

Didier Fornerol was the vineyard manager at Domaine de L’Arlot. Fornerol learned his winemaking skills by his father’s side, and took over his family’s domaine in 1996. Today, Fornerol carries out all the vineyard tasks with passion: pruning, trellising, treatments, and manual harvest. He controls operations from winemaking to bottling with the utmost care. The domaine is made up of 6 hectares in the village of Corgoloin (3.70 hectares of Côtes de Nuits-Villages red and 0.60 hectares of Côtes de Nuits-Villages white) and very small amounts of Passetoutgrain, Aligoté and Bourgogne Regionale. The vineyard is managed using minimal amounts of synthetic treatment products (lutte raisonnée) and the young vines are strictly pruned to limit their yields. Jean-Pierre de Smet joined the winemaking team upon his retirement from Domaine de l’Arlot and works closely with Didier on all aspects of the winemaking. An avid believer in whole cluster fermentation, Didier makes wines that are a prime example of old school Burgundy at its best!

A selection of signature appellations:

Hautes Côtes de Nuits
Côte de Nuits Villages
Côte de Nuits Villages “La Rue des Foins”

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Domaine Vincent Girardin

Meursault

Attending Winemakers: Eric Germain

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The history of Maison Vincent Girardin is relatively recent. In 1980, at the age of 19, Vincent Girardin, the son of a family of winegrowers based in Santenay since the 17th century, decided to strike out on his own and began producing wine from five acres of vines that he had inherited from his parents. From his earliest youth, Vincent had a passion for working with vines and great respect for the potential that they represent, and his ambition was to produce his own wine. The quality of his wines was quickly recognized by connoisseurs all over the world, and this enabled him to expand his activity, focusing primarily on the great white and red wines of the Côte de Beaune. To cope with the growing demand for his wines, he developed an approach that was new in Burgundy: he purchased grapes from producers who shared the same philosophy and the same high standards. In 2012, Vincent Girardin sold his operation to a long-standing partner of the Maison. Jean-Pierre Nié, President of the Compagnie des Vins d’Autrefois in Beaune, naturally decided to continue with the small team of nine people that had been faithful to the Maison for many years. Today, Eric Germain continues to uphold the style of the wines, and Marco Caschera markets them all over the world.

A selection of signature appellations:

Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Romanée
Bienvenues-Bâtard-Montrachet
Bâtard-Montrachet
Chevalier-Montrachet
Corton-Charlemagne

Domaine Henri Gouges

Nuits-Saint-Georges

Attending Winemakers: Gregory Gouges

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The creation of Domaine Henri Gouges was the culmination of 400 years of family grape farmers, and it is, in many minds, the top domaine in Nuits-Saint-Georges. Henri formed the domaine in 1920 but was soon discouraged with selling the fruit to négociants. He envisioned a better quality wine, and by 1933, he was producing, bottling, and selling directly. He, along with the Marquis d’Angerville from Volnay, was at the forefront of battles against fraud in Burgundy in the 1920s. In the 1930s, Monsieur Gouges was one of the people charged with the job of delineating the crus in Burgundy for the Institut National d’Appellation d’Origine, and he was a member of that regulatory body at its outset. Since the beginning, the domaine has remained an undivided family property. In 1967 Henri’s two sons, Michel and Marcel, succeeded him and added to the holdings of the estate. Each of them handed leadership over to one of their sons to bring the domaine to the next stage. Pierre and Christian began the modernization of the vineyards and the winery, which they have now turned over to Pierre’s son, Gregory, and his cousin, Antoine. While the house style has evolved, the main focus is the better reflection of the terroir in the fruit through organic viticulture. They believe that healthy vines produce quality fruit and thus more expressive terroir-driven wines.

A selection of signature appellations:

Bourgogne Pinot Blanc
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Porrets Saint-Georges
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru La Perrière
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Saint-Georges
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Vaucrains

Domaine Heitz-Lochardet

Chassagne-Montrachet

Attending Winemaker: Armand Heitz

Domaine Heitz-Lochardet started in 1857 with the Nie-Vantey family, owners of many vineyards from Santenay to Clos Vougeot. Post-phylloxera, many of the vineyards were sold, but the best Côte de Beaune vineyards were kept in the family by Georges Lochardet. Two generations later, Brigitte Lochardet married Christian Heitz and her five hectare share of the family vineyards became Heitz-Lochardet, which Brigitte farmed organically. For 25 years, Brigitte sold the totality of her crop to Joseph Drouhin.

In 2011, Armand Heitz, the next generation, finished his oenological studies and started taking over his mother’s vineyards, converting them to full biodynamic practices in the process.

The wines are aromatic, extremely balanced and expressive of their terroir - classic nods to old-school Burgundy winemaking practices. All Armand’s wines are whole cluster fermentations because he firmly believes that a wine’s essence is derived from the totality of the vine. Each component of the vine, from roots to leaves to stems, skins and pulp, plays an important role in a living wine.

A selection of signature appellations:

Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Maltroye
Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru

Pommard 1er Cru Clos des Poutures monopole
Pommard 1er Cru Les Rugiens
Pommard 1er Cru Pezerolles
Volnay 1er Cru Taillepieds

Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat

Vougeot

Attending Winemaker: Charles Van Canneyt

Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat was founded in 1964 by Alain and Odile Hudelot-Noëllat. In 1978, the domaine grew considerably with the acquisition of five hectares in Vosne-Romanée from Domaine Charles Noëllat — Odile’s grandfather’s domaine — including parcels in Richebourg, Romanée-Saint-Vivant and Clos Vougeot Grand Cru, as well as premier cru parcels in Vosne-Romanée Malconsorts, Beaumonts, and Suchots and Nuits Saint Georges. Today the domaine owns fifteen appellations spread over ten hectares. The Premier Crus, Vosne Romanée Les Beaumonts, Les Suchots and Malconsorts are all produced from vines that are around 100 years old. The young Charles Van Canneyt, grandson of Alain Hudelot, took over winemaking in 2008 and has since revealed himself to be one of the great young winemakers in Burgundy.

A selection of signature appellations:

Vougeot 1er Cru Les Petits Vougeots
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Charmes
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Murgers
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Malconsorts
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Beaumonts
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Romanée-Saint-Vivant Grand Cru
Richebourg Grand Cru

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Maison Louis Jadot

Beaune

Attending Winemaker: Pierre-Henry Gagey

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Louis Henry Denis Jadot founded the Maison Louis Jadot in 1859. The vineyards of Jadot are now scattered across 154 hectares of Burgundy, from the Côte d'Or to the Mâconnais and down into Beaujolais. All of Maison Louis Jadot’s vineyards are cultivated with the utmost care. The Maison believes that the terroir of Burgundy is what lends their wines their richness and diversity.  With an uncompromising dedication to quality, Louis Jadot produces some of the most age-worthy and classically structured wines. Their aim is to express the true nature of Burgundy through their wines – a nature and terroir, they say, that can be both proud of its past and optimistic about its future.

A selection of signature appellations:

Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Ursules Monopole
Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Clos Saint-Jacques
Corton-Pougets Grand Cru
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru
Chevalier-Montrachet Les Demoiselles Grand Cru

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Domaine Antoine Jobard

Meursault

Attending Winemakers: Antoine & Charlotte Jobard

Domaine Jobard is one of the great Meursault estates, with Antoine Jobard continuing the fine work of his father François since inheriting the domaine, whose history of five family generations began in 1860. Today, the domaine farms around seven hectares of Chardonnay vines, mostly in Meursault. The high quality Meursaults that still dominate the production today are made in a classic style, with long time spent on the lees, and are known to have excellent bottle-aging potential.

A selection of signature appellations:

Meursault
Meursault “En La Barre”
Meursault “Les Tillets”
Meursault 1er Cru Blagny
Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots
Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Puligny-Montrachet
Puligny-Montrachet “Le Trézin”

Domaine Gérard Julien & Fils

Nuits-Saint-Georges

Attending Winemakers: Etienne Julien

This domaine’s story began at the turn of the 19th century when François-Xavier Julien purchased vines in the village of Comblanchien, just south of Nuits-Saint-Georges. The first 50 years of its existence were hard, with the two world wars and an influx of sub-par wines from the south and Algeria into the market not helping things. The domaine’s fortunes turned, however, once it started estate-bottling in the 50’s and that success has been passed down to the current family member in charge, Étienne Julien, François-Xavier’s great-grandson.

Étienne’s first vintage was only 2012 but he is already making a real name for himself. Like close friend Maxime Cheurlin of Domaine George Noëllat, Étienne has a confidence beyond his years. The wines have poise and purity, which give them a degree of accessibility without compromising their sense of place or structural make up.

A selection of signature appellations:

Côte de Nuits Villages
Nuits-Saint-Georges
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru
Aloxe-Corton 1er Cru Les Valozières
Echezeaux Grand Cru

Domaine des Comtes Lafon

Meursault

Attending Winemaker: Dominique Lafon

Domaine des Comtes Lafon has been in the Lafon family since 1865. Dominique Lafon took over the domaine in 1983. It is comprised of approximately 14 hectares situated in the communes of Volnay, Monthélie, Chassagne-Montrachet, and of course, Meursault, where the domaine and its monopole vineyard Clos de la Barre are located. In 1923, Dominique’s great-grandfather, Jules Lafon, revived the idea of the traditional Burgundian post-harvest meal and held the first Paulée de Meursault at Domaine des Comtes Lafon. 90 years later, the tradition is still going strong!

In addition to the family holdings, Dominique also owns land in Mâcon under the domaine name Les Héritiers du Comte Lafon. More recently, he has been purchasing vineyards throughout the Côte de Beaune and bottling wines under his own name. All of his vineyards are cultivated biodynamically and he is proud to own every Premier Cru in Meursault. As part of the fourth generation of winemakers in the Lafon family, Dominique and his wines are superstars not only in Burgundy but throughout the world.

A selection of signature appellations:

Meursault Desirée
Meursault Clos de la Barre Monopole
Meursault 1er Cru Bouchères
Meursault 1er Cru Goutte D’Or
Meursault 1er Cru Charmes
Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières
Meursault 1er Cru Perrières
Meursault 1er Cru Poruzots
Monthélie 1er Cru Les Duresses
Volnay 1er Cru Champans
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Chênes
Volnay 1er Cru Santenots-du-Milieu       
Montrachet Grand Cru

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Domaine Lamy-Pillot

Chassagne-Montrachet

Attending Winemaker: Daniel Cadot

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In 1973, René and Thérèse Lamy-Pillot, both from wine-growing families, settled in the hamlet of Morgeot in Chassagne-Montrachet. Over the years, by dint of hard work and some shrewd ideas, the estate grew and today it comprises 20 hectares stretching over the villages of Chassagne- Montrachet, Saint-Aubin, Santenay, Meursault and Beaune.

The estate today employs seven full-time members of staff and seven part-time employees for seasonal work. Florence and Karine, René and Thérèse Lamy-Pillot’s daughters, and their husbands Sébastien and Daniel, have joined them on the estate. 

The estate oversees every stage of the work, from the planting of the vine through to the marketing of its bottles, including the cultivation and care of the vine, the picking of the grapes by hand, the ageing of the wine and the bottling. The independence and the family-orientated aspect of the estate enable it to keep a close eye on all the parameters which influence, either directly or indirectly, the quality of its wines. 

They do not set out to make identical wines every year, but rather to ensure they get the best out of each vintage, by respecting and taking care of every stage from the vine through to the bottling. Each vinification is an interpretation of a vintage and a terroir. The wines are adapted according to the year and the terroir, thereby enhancing the natural differences which exist depending on where a vine is planted. Respect of the soils, canopy management, vine balance, harvesting by hand, control of temperatures during vinification and ageing, natural regulation of the cellar climate are all simple values which they adhere to ensuring that the wines are the pure and simple expression of the domaine’s great Burgundy terroirs. 

This savoir-faire, handed down from generation to generation since 1640, and the constant quest for improvement inspire a love and passion for wine-making.

A selection of signature appellations:

Saint-Aubin Les Pucelles
Saint-Aubin 1er Cru Le Charmois
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos Saint Jean
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Grande Montagne
Montrachet Grand Cru

Domaine Leflaive

Puligny-Montrachet

Attending Winemaker: Brice de la Morandière

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The roots of the Leflaive family go back to 1717 when Claude Leflaive took up residence in Puligny-Montrachet, intent upon cultivating several acres of vineyards. The domaine, in its present form, was created by Joseph Leflaive between the years of 1910 and 1930, as a result of his successive purchases of vineyards and houses.

Today, the domaine extends over 24 hectares (59.3 acres) in Puligny-Montrachet, of which 4.8 hectares (11.9 acres) are grands crus and 10.8 hectares (26.7 acres) are premiers crus, all growing one varietal: Chardonnay. Since 2004 the domaine has expanded into the Mâconnais and cultivates some 20 hectares 49.4 acres) in Mâcon-Verzé and Solutré-Pouilly.

Domaine Leflaive is one of the pioneers of biodynamic viticulture in Burgundy. After increasing trials at the beginning of the 1990s, conversion has been total since 1996. Biodynamics is a method of cultivation based upon a sensitive understanding of natural phenomenon, taking into account terrestrial and lunar rhythms. It strictly excludes the use of all chemical products. It seeks first to promote the life of the soil and the development of a number of important species. The preparations used in biodynamics allow the vine to reinforce its own immunity by respecting the natural balance of fauna and flora. It provides the organic matter — vegetable, animal and mineral — transformed (horn of manure, horn of silica and other preparations based on wild herbs such as yarrow, chamomile and nettles).

Thus the wines can better express the qualities and particularities of their terroirs. The soils in Puligny-Montrachet are calcareous clay with different percentages of clay and limestone, according to the locations. The soil also includes trace elements: traces of iron, magnesium, boron that assure nourishment to the roots that make a difference to each vine.

In the cellars, the same philosophy of respect presides over the entire vinification process and follows the purest Burgundian tradition: long and natural fermentations in oak barrels in the first year and in stainless steel the second winter. Fermentations are solely from indigenous yeasts. A light bâtonnage (stirring of the lees) is practiced between the end of alcoholic fermentation and beginning of malolactic fermentation. Bottling takes place in the springtime of the second year.

Domaine Leflaive has been entirely a family domaine since its creation. Brice de La Morandière, great grandson of the founder, Joseph Leflaive, represents the fourth generation at the head of the domaine. In 2015, after an international career in industry, he succeeded Anne-Claude, pioneer in biodynamics. It is with the same philosophy of respect for the great terroirs, humility toward the forces of nature, and relentless pursuit of excellence in viticulture and in winemaking that the domaine will continue to grow in the future.

Text courtesy of Wilson Daniels

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Domaine Benjamin Leroux

Beaune

Attending Winemaker: Benjamin Leroux

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Known as a winemaking prodigy, Benjamin Leroux established a small négociant business based in Beaune in 2007 after having created a name for himself as régisseur (general manager) of Domaine du Comte Armand in Pommard.

The possibilities are very exciting for this exceptionally talented vigneron. Benjamin is a master at delivering purity of fruit alongside a seamless texture in his wines which have only the subtlest influence of oak.

A selection of signature appellations:

Saint Romain Blanc Sous le Château
Meursault 1er Cru Porusot
Meursault 1er Cru Genevrières Dessous
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Champ Gain
Vosne-Romanée
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Au Thorey
Mazoyères-Chambertin Grand Cru
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Domaine du Comte Liger-Belair

Vosne-Romanée

Attending Winemaker: Louis-Michel Liger-Belair

Louis-Michel Liger-Belair founded this domaine in 2000, but the Liger-Belair family has been making fine wines in Vosne-Romanée for almost 200 years. Louis Liger-Belair, a general for Napoleon, acquired the Château de Vosne and an impressive number of prime parcels in 1815. As is the case with the history of many Burgundian domaines, however, inheritance laws caused the family holdings to fracture, and by the mid-20th century, the Liger-Belair family had returned to the military profession, with Count Henry, Louis-Michel’s father, attaining the rank of general just like their ancestor Louis. A young Louis-Michel, however, declared his intentions to eventually take over the remaining family holdings and he did just that in 2000 after finishing his studies in agricultural engineering and oenology. Today, the glory of the Liger-Belair name lives on in this small-production but prestigious domaine that counts among its holdings the smallest grand cru in Burgundy and the smallest AOC in France, La Romanée, of which it is the sole owner. Louis-Michel believes that the quality of the wines he produces lies in the vineyard; he maintains that the vine is a living entity and it should not be subjected to anything that we ourselves could not tolerate. The domaine abides by the belief that the less one does in the winery and in the cellar, the better the wines turn out.

A selection of signature appellations:

Vosne-Romanée
Vosne-Romanée “La Colombière”
Vosne-Romanée “Clos du Château” monopole
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Aux Reignots
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Petits Monts
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Suchots
Vosne-Romanée 1er Cru Les Brulées
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Clos des Grandes Vignes
Echezeaux Grand Cru
La Romanée Grand Cru monopole

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Domaine Hubert Lignier

Morey-Saint-Denis

Attending Winemaker: Laurent Lignier

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The Hubert-Lignier estate has been in Lignier family for five generations. In 1880, Jacques Lignier purchased plots of vines in Morey-St-Denis in the heart of the Côte de Nuits. The estate named after Hubert Lignier, born in 1936, was taken over by his son Romaine in 1991.  Before Romaine’s untimely passing in 2004, he helped make enormous improvements within the family estate, leaving his brother and current manager, Laurent, in good hands. Laurent, along with help from his father, Hubert, manages 9 hectares that produce 24 wines (and include Bourgogne, village, premier cru and grand cru appellations). They do not use weed killer or insecticides to avoid hindering microorganisms that are essential for the growth of the vines. Instead, they have been using organic protective treatments since 2011. The result is authentic, concentrated, and delicious wines that express their respective terroir.

A selection of signature appellations:

Gevrey-Chambertin 1er Cru Aux Combottes
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Baudes
Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Chenevery
Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Clos Baulet
Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru La Riotte
Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Chaffots
Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Les Blanchards
Morey-Saint-Denis 1er Cru Vieilles Vignes
Charmes-Chambertin Grand Cru
Clos de la Roche Grand Cru

Pierre Meurgey

Beaune

Attending Winemaker: Pierre Meurgey

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Pierre Meurgey was born a Burgundian. Pierre's great-grandfather, Joseph-Ernest Meurgey-Perron founded a wine trading company at the end of the 19th century in Beaune where he and his son, Henri, worked as estate managers, enologists, winemakers, and brokers of Burgundy wines. Pierre's mother, Marie-Thérèse Croses grew up in the village of Uchizy just outside Mâcon.

In 1990, Pierre was exclusively devoted to the production and sales of Burgundy wines. Pierre's attachment to the Mâcon and belief in the great terroir of this area encouraged him to launch his own production. In 2013 Meurgey-Croses started their first harvest.

Pierre's family roots from Mâcon help him to find quality grapes from independent growers. He works with a single winegrower by appellation and climate which enables him to control the timing and conditions of harvest as well as the transport to the winery situated in Davayé, in the heart of Mâcon region. Working in a modern winery allows him to respect the grapes by limiting manipulation and intervention. Through this organization, he can vinify precisely, which enhances the purity and freshness of the wines. 

A selection of signature appellations:

Pouilly-Fuissé
Mâcon-Uchizy
Saint-Véran
Viré Clessé
Pommard 1er Cru Les Grands Epenots
Vosne-Romanée
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Pruliers
Corton-Charlemagne

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Domaine Bernard Moreau & Fils

Chassagne-Montrachet

Attending Winemakers: Alexandre Moreau

The Moreau family has been making wine in Chassagne since the turn of the 19th century.  Under the auspices of Marcel Moreau, the vineyard reached nearly 80% of its current holdings in the 1930’s and its reputation has only improved under the guidance of Bernard and Françoise Moreau who established the name Domaine Bernard Moreau in 1977.  Bernard was joined by his sons Alexandre and Benoit in 1995 and 1999 respectively. Today, with a hands-off approach to vinification, the Moreaus allow their Pinot Noirs and Chardonnays to speak for themselves, thus allowing the individual terroirs to shine.

A selection of signature appellations:

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Chassagne-Montrachet
St.-Aubin 1er Cru En Remilly
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Maltroie
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Champgains
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Chenevottes
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Grandes Ruchottes
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru La Cardeuse

Domaine Christian Moreau & Fils

Chablis

Attending Winemaker: Christian Moreau

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Domaine Christian Moreau dates back to 1814, when cooper Jean Joseph Moreau began a négociant business in Chablis. In 1975 and 1984 pieces of the domaine were sold off to a Canadian company and the family lost its majority stake. In 2002, Christian Moreau fully re-bought the domaine and is now working this 12 hectare property with his son, Fabien. The Domaine believes in meticulous care in the vineyards, reducing the use of harmful products and highlighting the unique terroir of Chablis. Their winemaking techniques strive to honor the high quality of their terroir, vines, and grapes, bringing out the very best in every harvest.

A selection of signature appellations:

Chablis
Chablis 1er Cru Vaillon
Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos
Chablis Grand Cru Valmur
Chablis Grand Cru Vaudésir
Chablis Grand Cru Blanchot
Chablis Grand Cru Les Clos Clos des Hospices

Domaine Marc Morey

Chassagne-Montrachet

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Attending Winemaker: Sabine Mollard

Domaine Marc Morey was founded just after the first world war by Fernand Morey. The first vineyard holdings comprised just a couple of hectares in Chassagne-Montrachet. Marc Morey took over in 1944 following his father's death, when he quickly expanded the property. He started to bottle directly at the Domaine, and Marc Morey et Fils rapidly became a well respected name in the village. Marc's daughter Marie-Josephine and her husband Bernard joined the family business in 1977. Today, Marc's grand-daughter, Sabine Mollard, is in charge of the estate and has been the winemaker since 2003.

The domaine's owns 9.5 hectares of vineyards in the Côte d'Or. Most of their vineyard sites are located in Chassagne-Montrachet. One hectare is planted to Pinot Noir and a small amount of Aligoté, while the majority of their plantings are Chardonnay. Domaine Marc Morey owns over 90% of the Premier Cru, En Virondot. Morey owns 2 hectares of En Virondot will leasing 0.1 from a nieghbor so they are the only producer for this vineyard. Sabine also owns smaller plots in the Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru, as well as Premier Cru vines in St. Aubin and Puligny-Montrachet. Sabine practices the principles of lutte raisonée, or sustainable viticulture in all of her vineyards and is a firm believer of the concept that the best wines must start with great grapes.

Domaine Marc Morey's cellars are located directly under the century-old family home right in the village of Chassagne-Montrachet. Vinification is flexible according to the vintage, with the wines resting on their lees for on average 10 months for the whites and 15 months for the reds in a maximum of 30% new oak barrels. Sabine prefers that the wines' portrayal of terroir to be as expressive as possible. 

A selection of signature appellations:

Rully 1er Cru Rabourcé
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chenevottes
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Morgeot
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Vergers
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les En Virondot
Chassagne-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Referts
Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles
Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru

Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg

Vosne-Romanée

Attending Winemakers: Marie-Andrée Mugneret & Marie-Christine Mugneret

Domaine Mugneret-Gibourg was the creation of a newly married couple, Jeanne Gibourg and André Mugneret, in 1933. Their only son, Georges Mugneret, pursued a career in ophthalmology, while simultaneously working the family profession by enlarging and enhancing the estate and purchasing some of his own vines whose wines were bottled under the label Domaine Georges Mugneret.

Dr. Mugneret met his future wife Jacqueline in 1958 while serving in Algeria.  Upon their return to France they had two daughters, Marie-Christine and Marie-Andrée.  In 1988, following a long illness, Georges Mugneret died, and Jacqueline bravely began managing the domaine alongside Marie-Christine, who resigned her position as a chemist to specialize in oenology. Marie-Andrée joined them several years later, after she obtained her diploma in oenology. In 2009, the two domaine names were merged into the current Domaine Georges Mugneret-Gibourg. Today, the domaine is jointly headed by the two sisters, who continue to produce the same elegant and exquisite Burgundies as the previous generations did before them.

A selection of signature appellations:

Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Les Chaignots
Nuits-Saint-Georges 1er Cru Aux Vignes Rondes
Vosne-Romanée
Chambolle-Musigny 1er Cru Les Feusselottes
Clos Vougeot Grand Cru
Echezeaux Grand Cru
Ruchottes-Chambertin Grand Cru

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Domaine Nicolas Rossignol

Volnay

Attending Winemakers: Nicolas Rossignol

Nicolas Rossignol is one of the best examples of a new generation of Burgundy winemakers. Born in 1974, he represents the 5th generation of vine growers on the soils of Volnay. After completing his technical studies at oenology school in Beaune, Nicolas put his knowledge into practice, interning at Domaine Joseph Voillot in Volnay, Domaine Louis Latour in the Ardèche and Domaine du Vieux Telegraphe in Chateauneuf-du-Pape. Anxious to learn other farming and winemaking techniques, he went to work in South Africa at Domaine Boschendal Stellenbosch in 1995, followed by Château Cardonne, owned by Château Lafite-Rothchild in Bordeaux. Upon his return home to his family’s Domaine (Rossignol-Jeanniard) Nicolas began vinifying in 1994. However, it was not long before he started his own estate. In 1997, he acquired approximately 3 hectares spread over the communes of Volnay, Pommard, Beaune, Aloxe-Corton and Pernand- Vergelesses. In 1998, he increased his vineyard holdings by about 1.4 hectares. The Domaine is located in Volnay, between Meursault and Pommard. Today, Nicolas makes wine from his own 4.5 estate, as well as from his fathers's vineyards (4.9 hectares). Nicolas is now buying all the fruit from his family’s domaine, which he also farms - thus everything is bottled under the name Nicolas Rossignol.

A selection of signature appellations:

Volnay 1er Cru Caillerets
Volnay 1er Cru Chevret
Volnay 1er Cru Santenots
Volnay 1er Cru Fremiets
Volnay 1er Cru Clos des Angles
Beaune 1er Cru Clos des Mouches
Pommard 1er Cru Epenots

Maison MC Thiriet

Comblanchien

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Attending Winemaker: Camille Thiriet

Maison MC Thiriet is a new micro-négoce based out of Chateau de Comblanchien, in the Côte-d'Or.

After years of experience in both the production and sales side, Canadian-born winemaker Matt Chittick and Burgundian wine industry professional Camille Thiriet have thrown caution and better judgement to the wind in order to realize a long term dream of producing Burgundy under their own label. Camille and Matt met while working for Nicolas Potel at the Domaine de Bellene. Matt was the winemaker from 2011 to 2014 and Camille was the head of sales. 

Maison Roche de Bellene produces wine from over 75 different appellations so the experience gave Matt and Camille access to a great deal of reputable growers and producers across the Cote D’or. This insight and network of relationships allows them to source only the best fruit for their own label from great winemakers and growers who they know and admire. 

A selection of signature appellations:

Bourgogne Chardonnay “Cuvée Confidentielle”
Bourgogne Rouge “Les Blanches”
Côte de Nuits Villages Vieilles Vignes

Commune de Meursault

Meursault

Presented by Antoine Jobard

The famous village of Meursault produces some of the most spellbinding white wines in the world. It is here that Jules Lafon of Domaine des Comtes Lafon decided to revive the traditional Burgundian harvest celebration “La Paulée,” named for the single poile or saucepan that the original simple meal was cooked in. More than 90 years later, La Paulée de Meursault is still going strong. La Paulée de New York wishes to honor and spotlight this village with a selection of Meursault wines generously presented by Antoine Jobard on behalf of Philippe Ballot, president of La Paulée de Meursault.

Bernard Zito

Bligny-lès-Beaune

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Attending Winemaker: Bernard Zito

A master of organic and biodynamic viticulture, having worked for the Boisset group for nearly 20 years at implementing the practices at their estates, Bernard Zito still works as a consultant but also started his own project in 2010 with a mix of vines he owns and purchased grapes. Bernard’s vast experience allows him work intuitively from a wide variety of different terroirs and the resulting wines are transparent, pure, intense, and above all, delicious!

A selection of signature appellations:

Saint-Roman La Perrière
Hautes Côtes de Nuits Les Dames Huguettes
Vosne-Romanée Les Vigneux
Beaune 1er Cru Les Tuvilains
Savigny-lès-beaune Ez Conardises
Beaune Les Prévoles