From his initial three quarters of an acre, Lucien went on to
buy additional parcels as they came up over the years.
In 1995 he handed over the reins to his sons Claude and Hervé,
who immediately began domaine bottling their wine rather than
selling it in bulk to negociants.
In 2003 they acquired a new temperature-controlled fermentation
facility and stocked it with wooden fermentation vats, a new press,
sorting table, and conveyor belt to carry grapes to vat without
pumping- all enabling great care to be taken during fermentation
In 2005 they went organic in their vineyards and gained
certification for biodynamic farming with the 2008 vintage.
The brothers trace their lineage back to 1645 in Santenay and see
themselves as part of a long tradition of farmers. Their
decision to work biodynamically was taken to sustain and improve
the health of their land.
The average age of the vines is 55 years. Pinot Noir grape
variety is grown on clay and chalky soil with Cordon de Royat
pruning. Harvesting is all carried out by hand in small cases of 10
kgs. Reducing vine yields and the adoption of some modern
wine-making techniques has resulted in spotlessly pure, great value
They started using sonveyor belts rather than pumps to keep
crushing to an absolute minimum as well as acquiring a new
temperature controlled fermentation facility with
The resulting wines are powerful, elegant and