After working for 5 years as winemaker at the cult Meursault domaine Coche-Dury, Pascal set up his own business in 2012. With a small number of domaine appellations centred on Savigny-les-Beaune, Pascal augments his range with carefully chosen plots in prestigious appellations, largely in the Côte de Beaune. His approach varies from year to year, depending on the vintage, but the result is always focussed precise wines that accurately reflect their underlying terroir.
Domaine Yvon (Thibaud) Clerget
The Clerget family has been in Volnay a long time - a really long time! For 28 generations back to 1268 one Clerget or another has been making wine in Volnay. The current generation is the young, talented Thibaud Clerget. Thibaut’s father retired from winemaking in 2009 and from 2010 to 2014 sold his grapes to Henri Boillot. During this time Thibaud learnt his trade by working at various domaines including Domaine Henri Boillot, Domaine Hudelot-Noëllat and Domaine Drouhin in Oregon. Thibaud made his first vintage with the fabulous 2015 vintage and it was clear from the outset that this is a rising star domaine of the Côte de Beaune. The domaine exploits a number Volnay 1er Crus including its own Monopole ‘Clos du Verseuil’ as well as Meursault, Pommard 1er Cru Rugiens and Grand Cru Clos Vougeot.
Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot
Domaine Fernand & Laurent Pillot aren’t exactly newcomers to Chassagne-Montrachet. Their family has been farming vines in the village sine the 17th Century, at which time they were also coopers and produced barrels. During the 19th Century they stopped barrel production to focus solely on enlarging their vineyard holdings and making wine. Today the domaine farms almost 15 hectares of vineyard, mostly in Chassagne-Montrachet, but also in Pommard, Volnay, Meursault, Puligny-Montrachet, Saint-Aubin and Santenay. Today the wines are made by Laurent Pillot together with his son Adrien. Adrien has reduced the input of new oak allowing these great terroirs to be expressed with even greater clarity and precision.
After 2 years away from her native Burgundy studying international trade in Paris, Françoise Feuillat-Juillot returned to Burgundy where she studied Enology in Dijon. In 1989 she began working with an associate at a domaine in Montagny-les-Buxy and helped oversee its expansion from producing 5,000 bottles to producing 60,000 bottles. After the passing of her associate, she managed the domaine from 2002 until she was finally able to purchase it in 2004. Since then Françoise has worked hard to increase the quality of her wines through sustainable viticulture and more precision in the cellar. Her wines now express the clarity of this great white wine appellation which she loves and, with her wines, tries to bring more recognition to this rising appellation.
Domaine Pierre-Louis & Jean-François Bersan
In the hills around the town of Saint Bris le Vineux can be found soils and climatic conditions similar to nearby Sancerre. It is therefore no surprise that here (though nowhere else in Burgundy) Sauvignon Blanc can be found alongside the classic Burgundy varieties. The Bersan family has been working these hills since 1453 and today the domaine is run by the father and son team of Jean-François and Pierre-Louis. Many of the cuvees are vinified in stainless steel to preserve the freshness and aromatic intensity of the wines. The wines with most potential are aged in barrel in classic vaulted cellars dating from the 11th and 12th centuries.