Since 2010 he runs his own domaine in Rully in the Côte Chalonnaise after to have earned a master’s degree in Vine and Terroir, and did a one-year internship at Clos de Tart studying terroir. He started with two parcels in Mercurey to buy, both premier cru – « Les Champs Martin » and « Clos l’Évêque ».
Two years later the Domaine covered a total of five hectares. All new land were village appellation Rully – « Chaponniére », « La Chaume » and « Les Cailloux ».
Immediately, he started the process of converting from conventionally-maintained vineyards to organic and in 2013 the certification was achieved. Going organic was an important choice and there are several reasons. He didn’t want to invest in mechanical engines and he prefered to do a lot of manual work. He would not do anything that will not take care of his health. He respects the plants and the environment and he sees his vineyards a bit like his garden, as a part of an ecosystem.
« Five hectares is enough if you look at the amount of work required in the vineyards. We harvest by hand. The harvesters do the sorting out in the vineyards and we use 20 kg cases to bring in the grapes. Much is whole bunches, whole that go straight into the tanks. I use a minimum of 30–40 per cent whole bunches. Some cuvées are 100 per cent ».
Wild white flowers aroma. The white peach is also beautiful here as well as the lemony notes. It is a fresh and fruity wine, mineral that we appreciate because it gives a nice balance to the roundness of the wine.
The aromas are typically turned to red (raspberry) and black (blackcurrant) fruits. Then comes a floral and spicy bouquet that offers a little pepper and liquorice. Pure pleasure!
Mercurey 1er Cru
The wine offers notes of raspberry as well as aromas of roasted tobacco spices or cocoa beans. The fruit expression is intense. There is a nice density in the mouth. Its fullness is offered over time.