The Domaine was founded in 2018 and marketed its first vintage from 2018 in August 2019 with a production of 9000 bottles.
Philosophy of the project:
This project was born of two children of Burgundy, Philippe Abadie and Alvina Pernot : two wine lovers who wanted to create their own wine; a wine reflecting our vision of Burgundian terroir.
It is the result of a learning experience over the years, tastings, trying to recreate wines as they love them.
They decided to launch their own business, buying for the most part grapes from the family domaine Paul Pernot & Ses Fils and trading grapes from Puligny-Montrachet Village or 1er Cru Les Folatières between other grapes from Friends Vines Grower.
For exemple they trade the equivalent of four Barrels of Puligny-Montrachet Village between 2 barrels of Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets. Trade also two barrels of Puligny-
Montrachet 1er cru Les Folatières for 1 barrel of Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru.
Since 1960, about half of the harvest from the family domaine has been sold to a Burgundian wine merchant. So, Alvina has started to recover a small part of this to use it to make her own wine.
“We have selected the parcels we prefer, to offer some wines reflecting the best of the Côte de Beaune terroir. For our first vintage we produced only 11 appellations, in small quantities.”
In 2019 were produced 13 appellations and in 2020 there will be 16.
Philippe Abadie (who graduated in business and agri-business) has been a wine merchant for several years.
He learnt to make wine with Burgundian winemakers and vinegrower friends.
For Alvin’s part, she is a graduate in business law, wine business and wine technology and has worked in the family domain for four years, where she learned to make wine thanks to her father and grandfather.
– Bourgogne Côte d’Or
– Saint Romain Village (Since 2019)
– Puligny-Montrachet Vieilles Vignes (Only 2018 and 2019)
– Puligny-Montrachet Clos des Noyers Brets (From 2020) (from a parcel belonging to Alvina’s father, operate by ourselves since 2020)
– Puligny-Montrachet La Rue aux Vaches, from our own parcel of Puligny-Montrachet. For this vineyard, all the work is done by us – from winter pruning to harvesting.
– Meursault 1er Cru la Pièce Sous le Bois,
– Meursault 1er cru Les Charmes (from 2020)
– Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos de la Garenne
– Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Clos des Folatières
– Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Chalumaux
– Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Caillerets (Since 2019)
– Puligny-Montrachet 1er Cru Les Pucelles (Since 2019)
– Corton Charlemagne Grand Cru (Since 2019)
– Bâtard-Montrachet Grand Cru
– Chevalier-Montrachet Grand Cru (from 2020)
Wine-growing method of the family Vineyards :
For many years the family Domaine has been in balanced approach pest control. They control their vines by prospective analysis, to determine if it is necessary to take action, and do rigorous spring and summer pruning to aerate vegetation and avoid excessive build-up of vegetation which boosts disease and pest development.
Then, they adjust treatment dosages according to the importance of the disease. They pay particular attention to treatment choice, trying to use only treatments classified not dangerous for human beings and more respectful of the environment (bee-friendly) (without CMR classification: Carcinogenic, mutagenic effects, toxic for reproduction, etc).
In all the parcels, chemical weeding was abandoned years ago to the benefit of light ploughing which is more respectful of the soil, the life of the soil and the vine roots. Chevelu racinaire or small lateral root ‘beards’ are very important during dry periods.
Crop is controlled by appropriate winter pruning (according to the age of the vine, its strength, etc), and also by adapted disbudding. When necessary, green harvesting is done.
A controlled yield is a guarantee of the best quality of grapes and juice and so of the best quality of wines; a more concentrated wine.
The wooden debris from winter pruning is shredded and allows the soil to be enriched with humus.
In August, particular attention is paid to maturity control, by collecting grapes for analysis (once per week up to 2 or 3 times, depending on the year and the parcel).
When ripeness is reached, grapes are hand-picked by around 50 people, for 11 days on average.
Grapes are hand-picked and sorted in the parcel and on the vines by the domain team (with strict instructions and supervision) or by our team for our own parcels.
Grapes are handpicked in small crate or in small skip, refreshed and gently pressed 3 hours in pneumatic press or vertical press depending on the cuvée.
Must is analysed and put in vat for 20 to 24 hours. After sedimentation, clear juice is separated from heavy lees (called settling) and barrelled in French oak barrels from different
Alcoholic fermentation, malolactic fermentation and ageing take place in barrel.
Wines are topped up once per week (in warm cellar) and about once every ten days (in cold cellar) to protect them from oxidation.
In order to respect terroir as much as possible, our wines are aged in oak barrels (not too heavily toasted) for only eleven months. That‘s also why, we choose to use few new oak, to avoid masking the typicity of each terroir.
Wines are aged on their lees until bottling, to enrich the wine but without lees-stirring, to avoid making the wines heavy.
Before bottling, we do a very light filtration in order to keep the wine at its greatest potential.
Thereafter, bottles are laid down in metal pallets, hand labelled and hand waxed just before despatch.
Regarding our packaging:
For our label, we decided to create something simple with an emblem maintaining a traditional touch but more refined than traditional Burgundian labels that are often too ’busy’, in my opinion.
We selected a soft cream paper print with three graduated shades of black.
The number of bottles produced by appellation feature on the label.
This emblem is a figment of our imagination, perfected by our (very patient!) creativity team.
We chose a traditional Burgundian bottle with a squared bottle neck collar and a natural cork from Francisco Sagrera in Spain.
From 2020 vintage we will increase our production from 9000 bottles in 2019 to more than 18 000 Bottles.
Since winter 2020 we operate a new plot in Puligny-Montrachet : Le Clos des Noyers Brets.
Since vintage 2021, we have a brand new winery at the entrance of Puligny-Montrachet, right off the D974 road.
In 2021 we will produce a new regional appellation, Bourgogne Côte d’Or La rue de Bois from a new plot and operate entirely by ourselves